A dreaded criminal from Bihar was arrested on Sunday from Noida, over a year after he escaped from police custody in Patna.
A joint team of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar police tracked Amit Mandal – carrying a reward of Rs 50,000 on his head – for months and finally nabbed him from the Phase II area of the city.
Mandal, 41, had been allowed to stay at a hotel in Patna from where he escaped in June 2011. Lodged in a Monghyr prison for alleged offences under the Arms Act and the Crime Control Act, he had been brought to Patna for a medical test but, instead of being taken to a hospital, he was allowed to check into a hotel.
Six policemen had then been suspended for laxity and all of them were dismissed in March this year.
A resident of Fulka village under Jamalpur police station in Munger district, he was wanted in 18 cases and ran an extortion racket from Noida. Police said after his escape, he allegedly murdered three people — local BJP leader Amit, hotel owner Ashok Mandal and one Ashok Choudhary — in Munger.
Since his escape, he was staying in Nagla Charandas area in Noida Phase-II, from where he was running an extortion racket. His main targets were businessmen in Bihar.
Police had received complaints about threat calls from Mandal. A Bihar police team started tracking locations of his mobile phone and traced him to Noida.
"We got information on Mandal from the Bihar police. He used to make threat calls and extort money from businessmen in Bihar. With the help of electronic surveillance we traced his location and arrested him," said Yogesh Singh, superintendent of police (city).