Delhi Police arrested a modern-day Ravana on Sunday night. 28-year-old village pradhan Narender Bhatti may not have branched ten heads but if police are to belived the range of his crimes had shot out in many directions.
Bhatti, alleged leader of the infamous self-titled Ravana Gang, which unleashed a reign of terror in neighbouring Noida, was reportedly involved in several cases of murder and robbery, said police.
Police arrested him in Noida after a brief gunbattle near Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, police said. Bhatti was also carrying a reward of Rs 50,000 for his arrest.
"A police team led by Inspector Rajendra Singh and SI Pawan Tomar intercepted him, but sensing the police dragnet, he abandoned his motorcycle and ran towards PV Hostel. He also opened fire at the chasing police party twice," said DCP (south) HGS Dhaliwal.
An automatic USA made 9 mm pistol with two live and two used cartridges, three live cartridges of .315 bore pistol and a stolen motor cycle have been recovered so far.
Bhatti was allegedly involved in the murder of Vinod Goel, Dadri President of Traders' Association, in Dadri last week after he raised his voice against the demand for what is euphemistically known as 'protection money'.
His gang had allegedly opened fire on the police parties which went to arrest them in Rithaudi and Nangla Nain Sukh village in Dadri.
During interrogation, Bhatti told police that he entered the world of crime in 1998. Bhatti had allegedly beein in jail several times and ran a gang of seven persons.
He was arrested in car theft cases in Faridabad and Dadri twice. He was released from jail in June 2009. After his release, he went to his village and started making extortion calls to various businessmen, which included Goel. After the murder of Goel, Bhatti went to Rithaudi and later to Haridwar.
Bhatti allegedly took all his journeys through buses and other means of public transport transport to avoid police arrest. He made hide outs in bordering areas of Trans-Yamuna and sometimes visited relatives in Kotla Mubarakpur in Delhi.
Police also added that he has been elected Village Pradhan unopposed five years ago when he was lodged in jail. He is still a Village Pradhan.