Infamous carjacker’s aide, four others held from W. Delhi
A 32-year-old carjacker, a close aide of infamous carjacker Manoj Bakkarwala who had helped him to escape from the custody of Gurgaon police last year, was arrested by west Delhi Police on Wednesday. Four of his accomplices were held too.
The arrested persons, who are part of a gang from Meerut, were involved in robbing high-end cars of a specific model and colour as demanded by their receiver Guddu in Uttar Pradesh. With their arrest, police claimed to have solved 15 cases of theft and robberies of cars in the Capital.
The gang is notorious for stopping vehicles on highways and major roads in the NCR and robbing them at gunpoint, said a police officer.
Praveen Sharma alias Sonu, a close associate of Bakkarwala, Praveen Sehwag, Sandeep Sehrawat and Amir Saifi were arrested on August 25 from Karnal in Haryana when they were travelling on NH-1 towards Chandigarh, looking for their target. One more accused Vinod was arrested later.
Sonu is involved in 40 cases of autolifting, robbery and attempt to murder, said police.
V Renganathan, additional CP (west), said the arrest came on a tip-off that four people, wanted in some cases of carjacking, will travel towards Chandigarh in an Indigo car.
“Accordingly, a trap was laid and the accused were arrested,” said Renganathan adding they were looking for the carjackers after they robbed an L&T sub-contractor for KB Singh’s Fortuner car in Janakpuri.
“The car they were travelling in was also stolen. We also recovered a loaded pistol from the car,” added Renganathan.
The five accused have been remanded to police custody for seven days. During interrogation, it was learnt that they have been previously involved in several cases of car-jackings and thefts for which they were out on bail.