Agra Police have arrested a criminal, who was on the run for 33 years, from Rajasthan’s Ajmer, officials said on Saturday.
Vijay Nandan Srivastava, who was sent to jail for a murder over a land dispute in 1981, absconded after being granted bail in the case.
“We got some links in the case through movement of Vijay’s in-laws. After working on these tip-offs, we reached Ajmer from where Vijay Mental was arrested and presented before Agra court on Thursday and sent to jail,” Nitin Kasana, in-charge of New Agra police station, said.
Srivastava, a resident of Balkeshwar locality in Agra, was called ‘Vijay Mental’ or ‘Don’ because of his modus operandi. He was mostly involved in crimes related to property disputes.
He stabbed one Ashok Pandit to death over a property dispute, surrendered before the police and confessed to his crime. He was awarded life imprisonment by a local court in Agra and sent to Fatehgarh central jail.
After his father-in-law and wife filed an appeal against his sentence in the high court, his offence was converted to culpable homicide. He absconded after getting bail and lived in Mainpuri in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar’s Patna and other cities in Rajasthan and even got his daughter married while on the run.
The local court in Agra repeatedly directed the city police to nab Srivastava and even summoned senior superintendent of police Preetinder Singh for failing to find his whereabouts.