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He lived by gun but died of depression

delhi Updated: May 28, 2016 09:51 IST

NEW DELHI: One of the most dreaded criminals of Delhi, Ravinder alias Bholu — one of the suspects in the sensational murder of former MLA Bharat Singh — committed suicide under depression at a rented flat in Amritsar.

Bholu, who was on Delhi’s ten most-wanted criminals list, killed himself in March 2015, sources have confirmed. Police officers who had been looking for him all this while are stunned by the revelation.

The 36-year-old gangster from Mitraon village, near Najafgarh in southwest Delhi, has been confirmed dead by his cousin and partner in crime, Gopal Gehlot alias Pale.

Pale was arrested on Wednesday night by a team of the special cell sleuths.

Bholu and Gehlot were evading arrest and did not contact their families for the past one year. This is why even Bholu’s family did not know about his death.

Gehlot has told the police that while running from the police Bholu became depressed. He feared that either his rival gang members would kill him or the police would shoot him in an encounter.

Bholu was also disturbed because his rival Naveen Khati’s gang had killed Gehlot’s father and he thought his family might also be targeted, said a police officer.

Involved in around 30 cases of murder, extortion, and carjacking, Bholu was staying in the flat with Gehlot under a fictitious name, Narender. He had been evading arrests in as many as four cases, including the murder of four members of his rival gang whose charred bodies were recovered from a burnt car at a village in Haryana’s Bahadurgarh.

Gehlot has told police that Bholu had hanged himself from a ceiling fan a couple of days after Holi, much before the murder of the former MLA Bharat Singh. Bholu’s name surfaced in the murder only because he was a close associate of Udaiveer Kala, the prime accused in the murder case. Police sources said Bholu was not even in Delhi when Bharat Singh was shot dead at a wedding ceremony on March 29, 2015.

A senior police officer, who had been working on cases against Bholu, claimed that his suicide was confirmed by his landlord in Amritsar and neighbours after a team was sent there to verify Gehlot’s disclosures. As Gehlot had told his interrogators that he himself had completed Bholu’s last rites at a crematorium in Amritsar, the team checked the records of the crematorium and found Gehlot’s signature as Narender’s (Bholu) family member.

“We also showed Bholu’s photographs to the crematorium staff, his landlord and neighbours in Amritsar. They all identified him as Narender who had hanged himself in March 2015. The local police also verified the suicide story,” said the officer. He said the cases against him will now be closed.

Born in 1979 in a middle-class family in Mitraon village, Bhlou dropped out of school after Class 9 and became a property dealer. He soon joined local criminals and began committing petty crimes like theft and robbery. Bholu graduated in the crime world after committing a murder along with his accomplices in Najafgarh in 2002.

“Initially, both Bholu and Naveen Khati worked for the Anoop gang. But the two parted ways and became rivals over the issue of one-upmanship in crime world active on the southwestern outskirts of Delhi after Anoop’s death. Their rivalry resulted in frequent bloodbaths and both gangs killed each other’s members,” said the officer.

First Published: May 28, 2016 09:51 IST