The Patiala police have arrested gangster Amit Malik, alias Bhura, known for crimes in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Delhi, where he is involved in more than 60 cases of murder, attempt of murder and robbery.
Bhura had twice fled from the police custody. In the last attempt, he fled from the Uttarakhand police custody by throwing chilli powder in cops’ eyes on December 15, 2014.
The police have also arrested his aide Sachin Khokhar, alias Sonu. The Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand police had announced a cash reward of Rs 10 lakh on the arrest of Bhura as he had been on the run since December 2014. Bhura was involved in five murder cases along with a dozen cases of an attempt to murder. He was also involved in the more than 30 cases of robbery, dacoity, under the Arms Act and the NDPS Act in Punjab, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
A special investigation team (SIT) with 300 policemen was also formed by Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Delhi to arrest members of the Bhura gang.
The Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh governments had announced `5 lakh reward each on the gangster’s arrest.
Announcing Bhura’s arrest, Patiala senior superintendent of police (SSP) Gurmeet Singh Chauhan said following a tip-off about the movement of the interstate gang members, a team of officials led by superintendent of police (detective) Jaskaranjit Singh Teja laid a trap at on the Bhahdurgarh-Ghanour road and arrested the accused.
The police had information that the accused were travelling from Delhi to Bahadurgarh via Ghanour in a white Scorpio SUV bearing a fake registration number. The police barricaded the road and signalled the vehicle to stop. The accused tried to sped away, but the vehicle got stuck in the second barricade.
The SSP said Bhura was involved in a number of high-profiles robbery and dacoity cases. He had spread his network in parts of Rajasthan, Chandigarh, Haryana and Punjab.
The SSP said a case under Sections 307 (attempt to murder), 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharging his duty), 186 (obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions), 465 (making forged documents) and other sections of the Indian penal code and the Arms Act had been registered against the accused.
The police have recovered two AK-47 rifles, a 9mm pistol, and .32-bore pistols with 12 live cartridges, besides fake Aadhar cards, driving licenses and an SUV bearing a fake registration number (HR-26BA-0055) from their possession.
BHURA’S CRIME FILE
• Looted Rs 20 lakh from a tax barrier in Ghazipur (Delhi) in 2008
• Looted Rs 25 lakh from Vishal Mega Mart, Dehradun, in 2008
• Looted Rana Sugar Mills, Shahbad (UP), in 2011
• Looted Rs 72 lakh from a cash van at Rampur (UP), in 2011