Police arrested three land mafias booked under the Gangster Act in Sitapur recently. These include Lala Kuldeep, Alok and Daleep Srivastava. Hailing from the same family, these mafias have more than 70 crime cases against them. Police said the criminals have committed murders and kidnappings. They have been involved in illegal encroachment of lands and a number of extortion cases. Two of the arrested are contract killers, police sources revealed.
Last week members of this gang tried to kidnap a Dalit woman and her son, who were not willing to transfer their land in the name of the mafias. The woman lodged a complaint against five gangsters with the Ramkot police. The gang was also engaged in extortion from the local businessmen running paper mills.
However, three gangsters from Butsganj Mohalla, are on the run. The gangsters, Hasin Gadi, Mujib Gadi and their nephew, are known to supply sharp shooters to Lucknow and eastern UP-based mafias. A number of cases of illegal possession of land belonging to Nagar Parishad and cases of extortions are pending against them.
The police, led by Circle Officer RK Singh, checked a number of hideouts of these gangsters. They also raided the house of a corporator from Vijay Laxami Nagar Monu Arya allegedly giving shelter to some of the criminals. Singh said various local politicians were giving patronage to these gangsters and putting pressure on the police to stop action against them.