Police arrest Gadoli’s girlfriend, her mother

  • Manish K Pathak, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Jul 15, 2016 00:52 IST
The hotel where the alleged encounter happened at Andheri (Hindustan Times)

A special investigation team (SIT) from the Mumbai crime branch on Thursday arrested late gangster Sandep Gadoli’s girlfriend Divya Pahuja and her mother Sonia from Gurgaon in connection with Gadoli’s killing by Gurgaon policemen in an alleged fake encounter in Andheri in February.

The SIT had earlier arrested sub-inspector Pradyuman Yadav – who led the Gurgaon police team that killed Gadoli – and two police constables, Vikram Singh and Jitendra Yadav. All three are in police custody.

Pahuja, 20, was in the room with Gadoli at Hotel Airport Metro at the time of the incident and is accused of conspiring with the Gurgaon police team that killed Gadoli. She was allegedly used as a honeytrap and shared details of the gangster’s whereabouts through her Facebook page and mother Sonia.

Gadoli and two accomplices, Manish Khurana and Pradeep Kumar, had booked three rooms in the hotel. Gadoli and Pahuja were in one of them while Khurana and Kumar were in the second room and two women (said to be foreigners) were in the third. The police said they had earlier recorded Pahuja’s statement before the magistrate, under Section 164 of the Criminal Procedure Code, and that her statement supported the Gurgaon police’s version of events. However, the SIT’s probe revealed the encounter had been staged.

After checking the call and SMS records of Pahuja and the Gurgaon cops, the Mumbai police found she had been helping the Gurgaon police with information about Gadoli’s whereabouts while traveling from Gurgaon to Mumbai. Her mother was also constantly in touch with her and passed on information to Manoj Gujjar and a senior officer in Gurgaon, the police said.

“Pahuja’s mother and Manoj played a role in the conspiracy. Manoj is still wanted. Once we will question Pahuja and her mother, the motive behind Gadoli’s fake encounter will be clear,” said a crime branch official.

The Gurgaon policemen said Gadoli had shot at them with a country-made revolver. But forensic reports revealed that no bullets were fired from the country-made revolver found near Gadoli’s body, said a source in the crime branch. This, the source said, clearly indicates that the Gurgaon policemen planted the revolver on Gadoli as the bullets he allegedly fired at them didn’t match the gun.

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