Satish alias Kala, the ring leader of an extortion gang that was busted on Friday, was meticulous in planning and assuming different identities, which ensured that he was able to mislead the police for over eight years.
Kala, who hails from Sonepat, had jumped parole in 2008 and has been on the run till his arrest. During that time, he allegedly executed eight murders and ran an extortion racket.
Police said prior to his arrest, Kala was living in Uttarakhand with his wife under an assumed identity of Anil Gupta. However, at home, he would wear a turban and dress like a Sikh.
Sumit Kuhar, DCP, Crime, whose team arrested the gang members involved in over 16 murders, said Satish planned every hit meticulously.
“He was working on a retainer for Mahesh Attack and Binder Gujjar gangs, who operated a major liquor business and gambling dens,” he said.
During his time in jail, Satish killed one Jassu to avenge the murder of his mentor Ramni was Khatkad, an influential gangster from Hissar, who was also politically connected.
Satish managed to smuggle inside the jail a barber’s shaving blade and also a gun, which was used to kill Jassu. “The brazenness of the act was shocking. Kala was awarded life imprisonment in that case as well,” said a police officer.
All expenses of Satish’s gang were borne by the Gurgaon based gangsters to ensure that their business in Delhi and Gurgaon was neither touched nor threatened by any rival.
The formidable reputation that Satish had also ensured that none of their rivals tried to enter their turf.
Police commissioner Sandeep Khirwar, while announcing the arrest of these gangsters, admitted that it was a long and tenuous operation that led to the busting of this gang.
One Webley Scott revolver, an ordinance board pistol and a US army pistol have been recovered from the accused.
Officials also said the gang met in the city only when they had to execute a major hit. “The job of surveying the area and arranging vehicles was left to youth who were involved in petty crimes so that the acts do not evoke suspicion,”