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Delhi’s escape artist caught fourth time

delhi Updated: Jan 22, 2011 23:30 IST

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The Crime Branch of Delhi arrested a 36-year-old man who has escaped five times from police custody. The accused Vikram Rampal, also known as the “Charles Sobhraj” of Delhi, is an alumni of Summerfields School, Kailash Colony.

The son of a retired army officer and a resident of the posh South Extension, Rampal took to crime when he was 19-years-old and dropped out of school to follow a life of crime. Rampal’s latest escape from custody took place on November 24, last year, when he was taken to Maulana Azad Medical College for a dental check up.

“After fleeing, he managed to get a room on rent at Govindpuri and was planning to commit crime in order to earn make some quick money and then flee to Jammu & Kashmir,” Ashok Chand, DCP (crime) said.

Rampal, who committed his first crime in 1986, is involved in 19 cases of various crimes including murder, extortion, kidnapping, robbery, thefts and escape from custody.

On Friday , Rampal and his associate Mohd Altaf were arrested from Kalkaji while they were planning to commit a robbery. “In 1989, he committed his first robbery in Defence Colony. In 1990, he got involved in a murder case and was sentenced to life imprisonment. In Tihar Jail, he came in contact with Altaf who had been convicted for 10 years in 1998 and was serving his sentence,” Chand said.

Rampal first escaped from custody in October 1993 when he managed to slip past the police personnel posted on guard at the Patiala House Court. He found the police personnel busy in other duties and quietly slipped away from the court premises. He was later caught in 1995.

His second escape came three years later inJuly 1996 when a Constable was taking him to produce him in Patiala House court.

While climbing the stairs he pushed the constable and fled. However, he was arrested within 13 days of his escape. He had twice jumped parole and allegedly extorted money.