Police arrested gangster Surjeet Kataria, the prime accused in the murder of garments merchant Sanjeev Jindal, along with his two accomplices on Wednesday. Surjeet was wanted in 28 cases, including murder, attempt to murder and extortion bids.
Three assailants shot Jindal, 43, outside his house in Roshanpura, old Gurgaon, on July 15 when he was returning home from his shop in Chandni Chowk in Delhi. The sequence was captured in two CCTV cameras installed in the locality. In the footage, Jindal was seen walking to his house holding a bag after getting down from a bus.
A team of crime unit 2 (Sector 17) arrested Surjeet, alias Ballu, 39, with his aide Devendra alias Dev near Surat Nagar at 3:30 am from Dhanvapur in Gurgaon. Based on their tip, police nabbed the third accused Gaurav alias Sonu from Delhi.
“During the preliminary investigation, Surjeet disclosed that he killed Jindal with the motive of snatching his bag, which he thought was full of cash. Surjeet was of the view that Jindal always carried good amount of cash with him while returning from the shop every evening,” Balbir Singh, deputy commissioner of police (crime), said.
Police recovered two pistols, two countrymade guns, cartridges, 18 mobile phones, police uniforms, fake registration certificates (RC) of vehicles and a mid-sized sedan car from the three men.
Police said Surjeet confessed to seven cases, including three murders, out of the 28 cases lodged against him. Surjeet and his aides are also accused of shooting dead a 40-year-old priest in Dhanwapur village under Rajendra Park police station on July 27.
“He and his men are accused in 28 cases of murders, loot, extortion and attempt to murder in Gurgaon and Delhi since 1997,” Balbir Singh said.
Surjeet, a parole-jumper is from Gurgaon village. He was also booked for killing his uncle Mahavir in September 2001 at Gurgaon’s Sector 5 police station. He was awarded life imprisonment in the case and released on parole in November 2015. But he never returned after his parole ended, police said.
Police said Surjeet was involved in a case for the first time when he had a dispute with his uncle over a plot in New Palam Vihar area of Gurgaon in the late 1990s. He was 19 years old.
“At the beginning, he was involved in crimes due to personal enmity. He killed his uncle over a family dispute in 2001,” Sumit Kuhar, deputy commissioner crime, (west), said.