An alleged land grabber, who was reportedly on the run after a shootout in Kalkaji in March, was detained by the Crime Branch of Delhi Police on Saturday evening from Mumbai airport, police said.
Anup Juneja had allegedly faked the shootout and wounded himself deliberately to frame another property dealer.
Facing 48 criminal cases and admitted to a hospital after the March 21 shootout, he had managed to escape. A lookout circular was issued and he was detained by immigration authorities at the airport in Mumbai on his return from Nepal on Saturday night, police said.
“We have detained him since he ran away from a hospital in Delhi. We are looking into the case and under what sections he could be arrested,” said a senior Crime Branch officer.
Juneja, a bad character of Kalkaji area, had reportedly hosted a party in 2006 in Lajpat Nagar where several policemen were also present.
A vigilance enquiry had later given the policemen — currently posted as SHOs and ACPs in south Delhi — a clean chit.
Juneja, a former petty thief, allegedly slapped false cases against people whose property he wanted to grab with the help of corrupt policemen.
Almost all cases were registered in UP, forcing the defendants to travel long distances to attend the hearings.
“This was to harass the property owner so he vacated the property on his own” said a senior police officer.
Juneja also doubled as a police informer. The fake cases were mostly lodged under Section 307 (attempt to murder). The police would then send notices to the homeowners, accusing them of wrongdoing. Some gang members would also pose as policemen to harass them.
The most recent case was when Juneja allegedly forced the owner of a bungalow in Defence Colony to vacate his home.