'Badshah' of snatchers' gangs arrested

A young man, who calls himself the badshah of snatchers and pickpockets and was allegedly involved in at least 73 cases in the capital and surrounding areas, was arrested from Uttar Pradesh.
HT Image
HT Image
Updated on Jan 30, 2011 09:56 PM IST
Copy Link
PTI | By, New Delhi

A young man, who calls himself the badshah of snatchers and pickpockets and was allegedly involved in at least 73 cases in the capital and surrounding areas, was arrested from Uttar Pradesh.

Raju, a resident of Sultanpuri, was apprehended in Pilakhwa in western UP yesterday on a tip off in connection with a murder of a 55-year-old Delhi man, Chhaya Sharma, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Outer), said.

"Raju is the undisputed king of various gangs of snatchers and pick-pocketers operating in various parts of Delhi. All gang members regularly pay a major amount of their earnings to Raju.

"He knows almost every pic-pocket and snatcher. If any gang member is arrested, Raju provides him all sorts of assistance such as hiring of a lawyer and and all. He also resolves jurisdictional disputes between gangs," she said.

He along with his associates had allegedly murdered Roomal Lal at his residence in Prem Vihar on November one last year. "The deceased's wife had met the brother of Raju's friend Rakesh with regard to the marriage of her daughter. The daughter and Rakesh were in a relationship and she became pregnant. However Rakesh refused to marry her.

"Rakesh along with Raju and others went to her house and started beating the family members and when Lal intervened, he was also beaten mercilessly and later he succumbed to his injuries," Sharma said. In this case, five people, including Rakesh, were earlier arrested while Raju was absconding.

Raju also allegedly attempted to kill one Rajesh, who, one of his associates claimed, had murdered his brother while another claimed he had implicated him in false cases.

Since Raju is a "desperate and notorious" criminal having more than 73 cases registered against him, five teams of Delhi Police and various teams of UP Police had been deployed to track him down.

Police got information that Raju along with his wife Parveen is residing in Pilakhwa in UP but when a police team went there, they could not trace him there. But later he returned to the village and was nabbed.

Raju allegedly used to carry an identity card of an NGO 'All India Crime Reforms Organisation' in a bid to avoid being caught by police on pickets.

"While going to collect his share from the gang members in different part of Delhi, for the last 3-4 months he also had started travelling with his wife on a motorcycle to avoid police checking and to prevent any suspicion," Shamra said.

Interestingly, recently 3-4 snatchers have named themselves as Raju, apparently as he exercises "influence", she said.

Raju claimed that he entered the world of crime as he was neglected by his father and step mother, police said.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Close Story
QUICKREADS

Less time to read?

Try Quickreads

  • YSRCP MLA from Nellore, Kotamreddy Sridhar Reddy sitting beside an overflowing drain in Umma Reddy Gunta.

    Andhra Pradesh MLA enters overflowing drain as mark of protest. Watch

    This time, an Andhra Pradesh legislator sat beside an overflowing drain in Nellore with YSR Congress MLA from Nellore Rural constituency, Kotamreddy Sridhar Reddy's legged dipped in it as a mark of protest against the authorities alleging they ignored the repeated request to clean the drain. The legislator also warned that he will come again and sit in the drain in the Umma Reddy Gunta area if the authorities fail to clean it.

  • A screengrab of the viral video. (ANI)

    Eknath Shinde's wife plays drums to welcome the new Maharashtra CM | Watch

    A video of his wife, Lata Shinde, who welcomed back by playing drums playing the drums is going viral on social media. Read Didn't betray, revolted against injustice, Shinde andBJP's Devendra Fadnavis in Maha Assembly On June 30, saysMaharashtra chief minister Eknath Shindee, who was made the deputy CM in the new governmentr – were sworn in. The 'dissident' Shiv Sena faction has as many as 40 MLAs, which means that it can claim to be the 'real' Shiv Sena.

  • As Central Consumer Protection Authority (CCPA) has prohibited eateries from automatically or by default levying service charges on food bills, restaurateurs feel this isn’t in the welfare of their staff. (Photo: Sanchit Khanna/HT)

    Staff will suffer, feels restauranteurs; customers happy

    On Monday, the Central Consumer Protection Authority prohibited eateries from automatically or by default levying service charges on food bills. This decision has left restaurateurs feeling anxious as they think this isn't in the welfare of their staff. Prabhat Verma, who runs a food group, DRAG, says he's happy and excited with this change. Another foodie, Priyanka Talreja, says as a customer and frequent visitor to restaurants, it was a much-needed move.

  • Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal (right) with deputy CM Manish Sisodia in the state assembly on Tuesday. (HT Photo)

    ‘Biggest proof of honesty’: Kejriwal, Sisodia hail CAG report on surplus revenue

    A day after the Comptroller and Auditor General of India said in an audit report that Delhi has been recording a revenue surplus since 2015, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday said the numbers are the “biggest proof” of the Aam Aadmi Party's “honesty”. Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia presented the 2021 CAG report on state finances, for the financial year ending March 2020, in the Delhi assembly on Tuesday.

  • Despite spending around <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>20 crore on a sewerage system in the town in 2019, not even a single legitimate connection has been allotted to the households. (Image for representational purpose)

    No sewer connection allotted in Sangrur’s Bhawanigarh since 2019

    The municipal council of Sangrur's Bhawanigarh town has turned a mute spectator while residents are constantly enjoying unauthorised sewer connections, resulting in loss of crores to the civic body every year. Despite spending around Rs 20 crore on a sewerage system in the town in 2019, not even a single legitimate connection has been allotted to the households. This is despite the implementation of 'One Time Settlement Policy' in the state.

SHARE
Story Saved
×
Saved Articles
Following
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Wednesday, July 06, 2022