Less than two months after he was released from jail, 77-year-old Dhani Ram Mittal — known as ‘Super Natwarlal’ and ‘Indian Charles Sobhraj’ in police records — again landed in jail in a vehicle theft case.
Mittal, police said, has been involved in over 130 vehicle theft cases over the years.
The septuagenarian was arrested on Tuesday in west Delhi’s Paschim Vihar in a Maruti Esteem car he had stolen on Monday from Shalimar Bagh. He was on his way to sell the stolen car to a scrap dealer when he was nabbed.
Monday’s theft was Mittal’s second car theft since his release from jail on May 4. He was last arrested in March.
For nearly six decades, Mittal has been in and out of jail in a number of cases. His areas of operation include Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Chandigarh and Punjab. Mittal has stolen more than thousand vehicles from these states.
A law graduate, the man had first worked as a station master on forged documents between 1968 and 1974.
DCP (west) Pushpender Kumar said that during the same period, he started making forged driving licences and fake registration papers.
“Once he impersonated a magistrate in Jhajjar district and worked there for more than two months. During this time, he freed many criminals from jail,” said a senior investigating officer.
Police sources said Mittal works as a lawyer and provides legal help to his friends. “He has been in an out of jail so many times that he has more friends in jail than outside. He helps them with their cases,” the officer said.
During interrogation, Mittal confessed he targeted old cars, which do not have anti-auto theft security systems.