While the other two accused were oblivious of the fact that more than 350 policemen were literally hunting for them, Shahid, one of the five men accused in the November 24 Dhaula Kuan gangrape case, smartly assessed the situation and surrendered for a lesser crime.
Also known as Chota Billi, Shahid was one step ahead of the rest of his rag tag gang.
Being an alleged serial rapist, a cow slaughterer, robber, thief, among other things, it was Shahid who realised early on that the police were hot on their trail.
"Shamshad and Usman, the other two rapists, did not have any idea about the uproar the gangrape had caused in Delhi.
"Being illiterate, they did not read any newspapers nor had any idea about what was happening in the national Capital or that the police were on a lookout for them. They continued with their lives without any fear. Shahid knew how to read as he had studied till Class V," said a senior police officer.
According to Delhi Police, Shahid smartly surrendered himself two days after the rape of the 30-year-old BPO employee.
He surrendered in a previous case of cow slaughter in the Ballabhgarh Court.
The Delhi Police said he was the one who was allegedly driving the Mahindra pick-up truck in which the woman was raped.
"He was driving the pick-up truck when they abducted the woman on the night of November 24 from Dhaula Kuan. Shamshad was sitting beside him along with Kamru, another accused in the case," said HGS Dhaliwal, Deputy Commissioner of Police (South).
The police said the accused used the pick-up truck to steal cattle that they slaughtered later and also break open metal shutters at shops.
The police are now getting a production warrant to bring Shahid to Delhi.