Escape artist Manoj Bakarwala, 36, one of the most notorious vehicle thieves in north India with over 300 cases against him, was finally arrested by special cell of the Delhi Police on Monday morning.
Bakarwala had escaped from the police custody thrice and had recently given the slip to crime branch officials when they were chasing him.
“He was caught at 5 a.m. from the Ghazipur border. We have recovered one sophisticated pistol and eight cartridges from him. During interrogation, he revealed the names of two associates who were also arrested subsequently,” Arun Kampani, DCP (special cell) said. He has been remanded in 10-day police custody.
Bakarwala has a reward of Rs 1 lakh on him. He was coming in a Volkswagen Vento car, which he had stolen from Saket area in November last year.
“During interrogation, he told that he had come to meet his associates and deliver the vehicle. His two accomplices — Rajkumar and Jaidev Singh —were also arrested,” Kampani added.
The police said that Bakarwala is expert in driving cars and prefers late nights and early mornings to carry out his notorious deeds as it gives him time to escape. Bakarwala is fond of lavish lifestyle and luxurious vehicles and also prefers staying in expensive hotels and constantly changes his hideouts.
He was first arrested by the Delhi Police in a 1998 car theft case. After his release on bail, he went back to carjacking and was arrested again by the police in 2003.
In 2007, while in jail, Bakarwala and one Parveen hatched a conspiracy for his escape. However, Parveen was released on bail in May 2008 and in July, he conspired and helped Bakarwala in his escape from the custody of Haryana Police from Dwarka. Bakarwala used to dispose off stolen vehicles in Bihar, Chandigarh and Punjab and Uttarakhand.
On May 8, 2009, Bakarwala was intercepted by the police at Sector-22, Rohini, but he opened fire and succeeded in fleeing away. He was again arrested and was in jail for nearly two years. “But in 2011 again, he escaped from the custody of Haryana Police while he was being taken back to Bhondsi Jail,” Kampani further said.