Criminal goes on shooting-spree after escape from custody, held after 3 months
A 36-year-old suspected criminal, who had escaped from police custody in April this year in outer Delhi’s Bawana while he was being escorted to a court in Sonepat, Haryana, has been arrested.delhi Updated: Jul 07, 2016 21:54 IST
A 36-year-old suspected criminal, who had escaped from police custody in April this year in outer Delhi’s Bawana while he was being escorted to a court in Sonepat, Haryana, has been arrested.
After his escape, Deepak Dabas, who was previously involved in 22 serious crimes, committed four more crimes within a span of two months. A cash reward of R1 lakh was announced on his arrest, police said.
In all the four cases, Dabas and his accomplices had opened fire at rivals to settle scores.
In one incident in which he intended to kill a rival gang member, Dabas himself sustained a bullet injury after his accomplice accidentally fired at him, said police.
Vikramjit Singh, deputy commissioner of police (outer), said Dabas was arrested on Wednesday from his hideout at Sant Nagar near Burari in north Delhi.
“Dabas, a member of the Ajay Barwala gang, had shot dead his rival Devender Rathi in Begampur on January 29 this year. A month later, he was arrested with his aides Deva, Pradeep and Sunil after a gunbattle with policemen at Sector-24, Rohini. Ten firearms were recovered from them,” said Singh.
On April 11, Dabas fled from police custody. Eighteen days later, Dabas shot at a tehsildar (a revenue officer) at Kharkhoda in Sonepat to settle his personal dispute.
Eight days later, he shot at one Amit in Dwarka area but the victim survived the attack.
Dabas’s firing spree continued and on June 20, he and his associates attempted to kill one Manjeet Kumar over an old standing rivalry.
Manjeet was the brother-in-law of Devender Rathi whom they had earlier murdered because of a rivalry in cable TV business.
“The attackers fired at Manjeet in full public view but he managed to escape. When they tried to escape, their motorcycle did not start. To rob a motorcycle, they opened fire at a passersby, injuring two people,” said an investigator.
During the firing, Dabas himself got injured. His associates then fired at a businessman and robbed his Hyundai Verna car, police said.