When he’s caught, he tells the police he will strike back. But he’s been caught again. The 17-year-old suspected leader of a notorious juvenile gang that has allegedly burgled and burnt down more than 100 government quarters in south Delhi was caught on Wednesday.
The leader of the gang had escaped from a juvenile home on February 9.
The police said every time the 17-year-old is caught, he challenges the police he would escape from the juvenile home and go back to burgling houses and setting them on fire.
Most victims belong to middle and senior-level government servants living in government quarters in Sarojini Nagar.
“The main accused was caught when he attempted to rob the house of one Lalita in Pillanji village in Sarojini Nagar while two of associates managed to escape,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) HGS Dhaliwal.
When the accused was met with resistance, he hit himself with a brick to shock his victims and escape from the spot, Dhaliwal added. But the police managed to nab him.
The police said he was nabbed two days after his gang allegedly burgled the accommodation of Army personnel in Sarojini Nagar area.
The group was allegedly involved in burglaries and setting fire to houses in Laxmi Bai Nagar, Sarojini Nagar, Kotla and RK Puram.
“He has escaped from juvenile homes a couple of times in the last seven years and was earlier been involved in several cases of thefts and burglaries in areas of Sarojini Nagar,” added Dhaliwal.