Gurgaon: Man wanted in 40 thefts across cities, 2 murders arrested in city
Police had announced a cash reward of ₹25,000 for his arrestgurgaon Updated: May 27, 2017 23:28 IST
The Gurgaon police on Wednesday arrested a man wanted in connection with 40 thefts cases in Haryana, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.
Police said Rampujan Singh, 25, a resident of Khejra village in Madhya Pradesh, was arrested from Kherki Daula on May 17 for possessing an illegal firearm by crime branch, Bilaspur.
However, he did not reveal his identity at that time and it was through sources that the police came to know that he was a criminal belonging to Pardhi tribe.
He was taken on production warrant on May 22 by the police and, after four days of sustained questioning, he revealed his role in over 40 thefts and two murders in Madhya Pradesh.
A reward of Rs 25,000 had been announced by the Guna police in Madhya Pradesh for his arrest.
Police claimed he admitted to one robbery in Sector 10A and two in Delhi. A case of theft was registered at sector 10A under sections 457 and 380 of the IPC.
Sumit Kuhar, DCP, Crime, said that it was during questioning that Singh revealed his role in two murders, including that of a police informer, in Guna, Madhya Pradesh.
“The exact role, timeline and crimes committed by him will be revealed by the MP police. We are seeking more information,” he said.
According to the police, Singh was involved in thefts since his childhood and he has allegedly confessed that he has been a member of several robbery gangs for the past 15 years.
Singh has travelled to more than 40 cities and has been booked for murder, attempt to murder, theft, snatching, assault, dacoity and loot, the police said.
“Singh has confessed to his involvement in three robberies in Gurgaon, which he committed along with his gang. A number of his accomplices have been identified and teams are working to arrest them,” said DCP, Crime, Sumit Kuhar.
The police also said these criminals operate within 3km of a railway station as they mostly travel by train.
The police said Singh’s accomplices were spotted at Gurgaon railway station, but they managed to escape after they came to know of his arrest.
Sub-inspector Surender Kumar, incharge, Bilaspur crime branch, said they have also arrested Singh’s sister Sulochna who acted as a receiver of the stolen goods.
Kuhar also said the modus operandi of this gang was unique in that they move around in groups along with their families. They usually live near railway stations or underpasses. Once they are settled in a city, the gang looks for solitary houses and target them.
“They visited the colonies and sectors on the pretext of selling balloons and looked for locked houses. They removed the iron grill and entered a house in Sector 10A recently. They ransacked the house and Sulochna took the jewellery and boarded a train to MP to sell the ornaments,” Kuhar said.