Rambeer Shokeen, former Congress MLA from Kamruddin Nagar, has made it to the list of ‘top 10’ criminals prepared by Delhi Police crime branch. A reward of R1 lakh has been announced on his arrest, sources said.
In September last year, the special cell had filed a chargesheet against Shokeen and nine others under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA). The cell had accused them of running an organised crime syndicate in the city and adjoining states.
According to sources, police commissioner Alok Verma asked the crime branch to prepare a new list of hardened criminals who are on the run, and announced rewards on their arrest.
“We have been asked to concentrate on hardened criminals and channelise our energy to arrest them. We made a fresh list of these criminals and Shokeen is one of them. He has been evading the law,” a police source said.
Shokeen was allegedly part of the conspiracy masterminded by Neeraj Bawana to help Amit Bhura, a dreaded gangster, escape from the custody of Uttarakhand police in December last year.
Shokeen has been evading law ever since his name surfaced. In an interview to a news agency Shokeen claimed innocence and smelt a conspiracy to destroy his political career.
According to the police, Shokeen took help from local gangsters during his political rallies to make them a success.
“Shokeen is the uncle of dreaded gangster Neeraj Bawana who helps in his political rallies. One Sunil Rathi had extended support of R20 lakh in cash during Shokeen’s election campaign during the 2013 Delhi assembly elections. Bawana himself had spent R1 crore in his uncle’s election campaign. The entire amount was part of the ill-gotten money Bawana had got from his extortion and land grabbing business,” sources said.