Delhi Police officers are going back in memory lane these days: rifling through old, dust-filled files.
Reason? They want to turn the scanner on identified 'missing' criminals. Ahead of the Commonwealth Games, Delhi police have been given the tough task of keeping the city free from crime. Apart from first-time criminals who are involved in 90 per cent of the heinous crimes in Delhi, there are 12,000 identified alleged criminals still on the run. More than 300 accused are wanted in murder cases.
"These criminals are the ones who have either jumped bail or evading their arrest. All of them are identified," said Rajan Bhagat, spokesperson, Delhi Police.
In July this year, an alleged sharp-shooter of gangster Abu Salem was arrested by the Crime Branch from Lado Sarai in south Delhi. The accused, identified as Mohammad Akram Siddiqui, who was declared a proclaimed offender in a case of extortion and attempt to murder was hiding in Delhi for the past four years. He was living in Lado Sarai under a fake identity.
Delhi Police recently started a drive to round up criminals from neighbouring states as well. Of the offenders on the run, 1800 are involved in road accidents.
Police said there was an emphasis to catch the accused involved in heinous cases.
“There are several instances when a particular person is involved in more than one criminal case. While in one he has been declared a proclaimed offender in other cases a fresh case has been registered so there is an overlapping,” said a senior police officer.