The murder of Vinod Kumar Gupta, the builder from Greater Kailash-III, whose body was recovered on Monday morning from a semi-constructed property in sector 92 Noida, has once again proved the emergence of Noida as the new crime address of the National Capital Region.
A National Capital Region Planning Board (NCRPB) report claims that after committing crimes in Delhi and other areas, criminals take refuge in the Uttar Pradesh sub-region (mainly Noida and Ghaziabad). Gautam Budh Nagar SSP SN Singh, who was transferred from here in May, corroborated the claim. "They (the criminals) come here, commit crime and leave," he said.
In April, criminals abducted two Ghaziabad property dealers from Delhi, brought them to Greater Noida and killed them. Four persons were later arrested in this connection.
In March, criminals abducted a seven-year-old student from Mathura and hid him in Greater Noida. They had demanded a ransom of R15 lakh from the victim's family. The accused arrested in this connection belonged to Bulandshahar. Two school boys were also kidnapped from Faridabad in March, but were rescued subsequently, from a local bus in Noida.
The district has also been "a favourite" with those hiding from law. On April 30, ex-MP Ateeq Ahmad's brother, Khalid Azim alias Ashraf, was arrested from Greater Noida. Ashraf was the prime accused in the murder of Raju Pal, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) legislator.
According to former SSP Amitabh Yash, "Surrounded by intense crime pockets such as Meerut, Bulandshahar and Ghaziabad, Noida poses many challenges for the police. Also, there is a floating population. Unlike Delhi, there is not much regulation here."