Gangster Mukhtar Malik, who has a criminal record with 49 cases registered against him and who allegedly termed himself as 'the don of dons', was produced in the court and subsequently remanded to police custody for ten days.
Mukhtar, who was arrested after raid at his house on Friday, was today brought from Jehangirabad police station to Police Control Room, on foot. The sight of Mukhtar and his gang being paraded down the streets drew the attention of locals and passersby who gathered to see the spectacle.
Police said that Mukhtar had the biggest gang among criminals in the state and had links in other states also. Even his cronies were involved in extortions and threats. The police said that lately he was even delivering his 'judgments' in cases of land disputes at his home where different parties were involved and he gave decisions.
The official press release said that he was running 'samanantar adalat' (parallel court), about which officials said that it was written in context of his 'sorting out' land disputes. Incidentally, his operations were running from his house at Ahata Rustam Khan, which is close to Shyamla Hills police station, a VVIP and high security area.
Senior superintendent of police (SSP) Yogesh Choudhary said that Mukhtar and his eight-gang members have so far been arrested during the ongoing drive against hardened criminals. "Now we will ascertain his links, involvement in other crimes and about the assets amassed by him", he said.
Police have found that in many cases, those involved in crimes enjoyed his backing, but he remained in the background. People also feared him and didn't lodge complaints against him. Now he could be booked in such cases. A case under the National Security Act (NSA) would also be prepared against him.
To a question, SSP Yogesh Choudhary accepted that this was the first time he was arrested by police, while previously he would go and presented himself at the court. Regarding why action was not taken against Mukhtar in so many years, he said that he can't comment about past, but now action has been taken.
Though police said that vehicle broke down on way from Jehangirabad to Control Room, hence the gang was paraded. However, sources said that it was deliberately done so that the gangster's fear among people should end.
Apart from Mukhtar, 50, Naeem Ansari, Arif Khan, Rashid, Sandeep Mishra, Imtiaz, Mazhar Topi, Athar Husain and Pinky Mujahid were also arrested.
At a glance
Mukhtar Malik, especially had influence in 11 miles (Gyarah Meel) and surrounding areas. Though he quite often stayed in Obaidullahganj, it was perhaps his sheer misfortune that he was staying at Bhopal when the drive against history-sheeters was on. In the past, he has often gone underground whenever he faced heat.
Today, after his arrest, Mukhtar's wife reached Jehangirabad police station to meet him. She said that her husband had a beaconlight on the car because he brought out a magazine 'Hazaron Rang'.
While Mukhtar Malik was brought to Police Control Room, many of his supporters were seen outside the control room. They stood on footpath outside while the press conference was on. Apparently, the aim was that Mukhtar could see that they stood by him in his testing times.
It was in 1982 that the first case was registered against him in Raisen regarding rape of a tribal girl. Since then, Mukhtar was booked for abductions, murders, extortions and under provisions of Arms Act. Police claim he has links with gangsters in other states particularly, AP, West Bengal et al.