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22-year-old dancer who turned to robbery to fulfil Bollywood dreams

Adnan Khan, who claims to be the winner of Mr Uttarakhand dance competition and had also reportedly auditioned for several reality TV shows in the past, allegedly carried out a robbery with his three friends at a pizza outlet in Dwarka Sector 12 last month.

delhi Updated: Jan 24, 2018 07:42 IST
Shubhomoy Sikdar
Shubhomoy Sikdar
Hindustan Times
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Adnan Khan, who claims to be the winner of Mr Uttarakhand dance competition and had also reportedly auditioned for several reality TV shows in the past, allegedly carried out a robbery with his three friends at a pizza outlet in Dwarka Sector 12 last month.

Delhi Police arrested a 22-year-old dancer, who told police he turned to crime to fulfil his dream of working in films and allegedly wanted to spend lavishly on his ‘20 girlfriends’.

Adnan Khan, who claims to be the winner of Mr Uttarakhand dance competition and had also reportedly auditioned for several reality TV shows in the past, allegedly carried out a robbery with his three friends at a pizza outlet in Dwarka Sector 12 last month.

“The four men robbed a pizza outlet of ₹3.45 lakh on knife-point on December 11 last year. A few days later, we arrested one of his accomplices, Ram, based on a tipoff. Ram told us that he roped in Khan after planning the robbery. Adnan was a dancer who previously had no criminal background,” said deputy commissioner of police (Dwarka) Shibesh Singh.

Singh added that the police then initiated a hunt for Uttam Nagar resident Khan, who frequently changed locations to evade arrest. He was finally arrested from Dwarka Mor on Monday.

Khan said he eventually planned to go to Mumbai as he claimed he was getting film offers. However, he wasn’t ready for the “initial struggle”.

“The set-up cost in Mumbai is high. To pay the rent for a big house and to save himself from the hassles of public transport, he needed nearly ₹3 lakh to get through the first few months. His income from dance shows in Delhi and elsewhere was irregular. He was unable to save money himself as said he maintained a lavish lifestyle and had 20 girlfriends,” said another police officer.

He allegedly discussed his need for money with Ram, who also lived in the same locality. “Ram told Khan that he and his friends were planning to conduct a robbery at a pizza outlet and Khan could join them. They were expecting to collect a booty of ₹10-12 lakh. However, all they managed was ₹3.45 lakh, which left each of them with a cut of less than ₹1 lakh,” said Singh.

Khan was allegedly planning more robberies before moving to Mumbai.

“He also told us that dance was his passion since childhood and he started learning dance at an early age. In the years that followed, he started performing at various dance shows. People gradually started noticing his work and he started getting offers to contest in shows. He recently launched a YouTube channel on which he has posted his dancing videos,” said Singh.

First Published: Jan 23, 2018 23:29 IST