Four persons, including a constable of the government railway police (GRP) and a journalist, were arrested on Tuesday by Indore police for helping Sarfaraz alias Fauja get himself arrested by the GRP last Thursday.
This is the first time that the district police have booked anyone for assisting a criminal.
Superintendent of police (west) Kalyan Chakabrathy said GRP constable Rajkumar Kaithvaas, who made the arrest; Irfan Pathan, a person who works in the railways stores; Sabeena, Fauja’s sister; and journalist Sunny Behrani were the people booked for assisting the accused.
“Police have also recovered Rs 10,000 from the procession of Irfan who had managed the deal with the constable of GRP,” said SP Chakabrathy. The money had been given by Shabeena.
Fauja is a notorious criminal of Raoji Bazar and Kotwali area in the old city and was wanted by the Indore police in more than a dozen of cases, including attempt-to-murder and extortion.
On Thursday, the GRP, Indore arrested Fauja for opening fire at one Zuber and his accomplices on May 20. He was on the run since the incident.
“Irfan had contacted the GRP constable and planned the arrest-cum-drama. The duo had also contacted a cameraman of a news channel, Sunny Beharani, who reached the spot and shot a video when Kaithwaas nabbed Fauja on the train. The whole drama was done to get Fauja to ‘surrender’ before the GRP,” said the SP.
As the police investigate to find answers to some troubling questions, and try to understand why a hardened criminal wanted himself arrested, more arrests could be made in the coming days.
Senior police officers are of the view that other higher ranks officers could also be questioned in this regard.