The Delhi police's hunt for an absconding drug lord, who recently managed to give them the slip in Punjab, ended with an even bigger catch.
The police not only managed to nab the accused but also arrested a suspected militant whom the authorities had assumed dead for two decades.
Sukhwinder Singh, 45, a suspected militant attached to Khalistan Commando Force (KCF), was apprehended from his farm in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, on September 26.
Four days later, his associate Raj Kandola, the drug lord who had escaped from police custody after being produced at a court in Punjab last week, was caught from Mahipalpur with two associates on Sunday.
"The other two have been identified as Gaganpreet Singh, who sheltered Kandola after he escaped from our custody in Ludhiana on September 25, and Pradeep Kumar, who arrived in Delhi to help Kandola flee the country via Nepal," said SN Shrivastava, special commissioner of police (special cell).
Investigations into Kandola's escape, police claimed, also provided information about Sukhwinder in addition to yielding around 75 kg of ephedrine meant for sale.
Kandola, who is also known as the 'BMW King', was first arrested from Dwarka on August 11 by the Special Cell with 411 grams of heroin and other drugs.