A reformed man, Bunty wants to help others
When he was arrested in 2007, the police found stolen items and cash worth Rs 5 crore from him. Three years later, super thief Bunty is a penniless man. His partner in crime, Sanjeev (name changed) in whose names he bought property and invested money now owns a showroom in Noida and lives a luxurious life. Vijaita Singh finds out his story.delhi Updated: Jun 24, 2010 01:10 IST
When he was arrested in 2007, the police found stolen items and cash worth Rs 5 crore from him.
Three years later, super thief Bunty is a penniless man.
His partner in crime, Sanjeev (name changed) in whose names he bought property and invested money now owns a showroom in Noida and lives a luxurious life.
“In those days police were after me. I had several cases against me so I couldn’t open a bank account or make investments. I put in all my money in my friend’s bank account.
After I went to jail he used the money and made a decent living. Ab main usko boloonga mujhe kuch de de (Now I will ask him for my share),” said Bunty who was convicted for over 500 cases of thefts in posh south Delhi colonies and across other cities.
He was released from jail on June 15 and does not want to return to his old habits.
Disowned by family and with no friends left to help him, Bunty called up the police inspector, who arrested him twice and sought his help. “Aur kahan jaata, inhi ko jaanta tha (Where else could I have gone. I know only him),” said Bunty about the inspector who helped him.
He was quick to add, “chori karna meri aadat nahin thi, mere maa-baap ne mujhe ghar se nikaal diya tha jab main class VII mein tha. (I never wanted to steal, my parents kicked me out of the house when I was in Class VII).”
He said he finally saw Oye Lucky Lucky Oye on Monday. The 2008 crime comedy was based on his capers.
“Kuch scenes thhe jo gadbad thhe (There were some scenes which were fictitious). The production people had come to jail and taken my interview,” he said.
Now that he is a free bird, he still didn’t think he can marry. He said he hasn’t “settled”.
“I had this girlfriend whom I wanted to marry. But then I went to jail. Bahar aaya to pata chala uski shaadi ho gayi hai (She is married now).”
Known for his smooth talk and sharp wit, Bunty felt like just another person when HT met him on Wednesday.
After three years’ jail, he looked haggard and worn out. Also missing were his branded clothes and shoes. HT had interviewed him after his arrest on April 15, 2007. He had said then that he would return and strike back. But then he found meditation and ideas about striking again or revenge no longer matter to him.
“While in jail, I used to meditate. I can now help people and hope to open a meditation centre someday,” he said. He said he underwent treatment at Institute of Behavioural and Allied Sciences in Shahadra for some neurological disease.
First Published: Jun 24, 2010 01:04 IST