Delhi Police have detained a man, wanted in over 30 cases, under the stringent National Security Act (NSA).
Khurvesh Singh alias Pappu Pehelwan (32) was arrested last year by Delhi Police’s Special Cell in an attempt to murder case and had obtained bail in this March.
“We took the decision to detain Singh under the NSA as he had become a threat to public tranquility. Many people whom he had threatened or extorted money from don’t want to give evidence against him in court, sometimes leading to acquittal and weakening of the cases against him. Under this act, he will stay in jail for a year,” said S.S. Yadav, DCP (northeast).
Police said Singh is a close associated of Satya Prakash, alias Satte, who was arrested after an encounter in Green Park this January.
“Singh along with Satte is part of an organized crime syndicate in the city. These men have committed crimes all over Delhi. Singh alone is involved in 32 cases of rape, murder, extortion and robbery cases,” said the officer.
Police said Singh, a Nand Nagri resident and school dropout, was first arrested when he was 18.
“Singh had created fear psychosis among the... people. He would extort money and threaten people.... He also has cases against him for attacking policemen,” Yadav added.