The Delhi Police used one of their own men to track two of the five accused who allegedly abducted and raped a woman in south Delhi on November 24. The accused who are also friends belong to Dhaujj village in Mewat, around 50 kilometres from Delhi.
Head Constable Islamuddin (49), posted at the Hauz Khas police station, is a native of Danawas village in the Mewat region.
Islamuddin, went to his native place and gathered information about the men from the region who went to Delhi on the day of the crime. He gave the police vital leads about the two alleged rapists.
"Since I was born and brought up in that area, I was aware about the topography and their behaviour patterns. It was easier for me to gather local intelligence," said Islamuddin who has served Delhi Police for 28 years.
He added that, using his local contacts, he found that at least two groups from Dhaujj village with criminal background had recently purchased a Mahindra pickup van for Rs 1.4 lakh.
"My parents and other family members live there but I have no fear of these criminals. In the past also I have arrested them," said the policeman. It was Islamuddin who virtually led a team of 310 policemen to Dhaujj village on the trail of the two accused.
"The characteristic of criminals belonging to the region is that they move around in a pick up van (like the one that was used in the Dhaula Kuan gangrape) and steal cattle from the bordering areas of Delhi. They move at great speed and pelt stones incessantly when confronted by the police," said a senior police officer.
They are active in Mongolpuri, Nazafgarh, Nangloi and Mehrauli areas.