The main accused in the Bulandshahr gangrape, Saleem Bawaria, was arrested by Uttar Pradesh police on Monday, after nearly 10 days and the concentrated efforts of about 180 specialised police officers.
The prime suspect in the July 29 Dostpur highway robbery and gangrape incident, apart from several other cases, Bawaria was nabbed along with two accomplices.
The accused had forced a family of six off the road into the fields, tied the men up and gangraped a 35-year-old woman and her 13-year-old daughter, besides robbing them.
Inspector general (Meerut zone) Sujit Pandey confirmed the arrests and said that Saleem was nabbed along with his accomplice Zuber and one other.
“We expect that with Saleem’s arrest, nearly 20-22 cases would be opened up that have taken up in neighboring states. We also have recent cases like the one at Dostpur which was performed by Saleem and his men,” the IG said.
Uttar Pradesh’s director general of police, Javeed Ahmad had earlier tweeted, “Remaining 3 accused in Bulandshr case arrested after week long chase across east India (sic).”
The police had already arrested three persons – Raees, Shavez and Jabar Singh.
Police sources said that Saleem’s gang travelled by buses and trains to evade police patrols and check points instead of using light vehicles to quickly cover large distances, as most highway robbers do.
The gang is also known to assault women during these robberies after separating men and women found travelling together.
“As a modus operandi, they keep iron rods, rinch cutters and other similar material to stop moving vehicles and hold them captive on gun point before performing robberies and other crime,” a police source said.