Arrest of Himachal man helps Gurgaon police solve Palam Vihar murders
The arrest of a notorious criminal in Himachal Pradesh during routing checking has helped Gurgaon police crack two murder cases in the Palam Vihar police station area. While one of the murders in Bajghera was the result of a gang war, the other at ITM University, now known as Northcap University, in Sector 23, was the result of a personal rivalry between two criminals and a girl was used to honey-trap the victim, the police said.
Gurgaon police said Anshul Dhankhar (24), a resident of Jhajjar, who has several criminal cases against him in Delhi, was arrested on April 8 at Sunder Nagar in Himachal Pradesh. As the accused was allegedly named in connection with the murder of Vikrant, a resident of Delhi who was killed on February 5 in Bajghera, the crime branch unit of Palam Vihar sought the production warrant of Anshul on April 28 and brought him to Gurgaon.
“The accused had been named in connection with Vikrant who was killed in Bajghera. It was the fallout of a gang war. On sustained interrogation, he also revealed his involvement in the murder of another Delhi resident, Rahul alias Rinku, who was honey-trapped at the behest of another gangster Vikas Dalal,” said Sumit Kuhar, DCP Crime, Gurgaon police.
A case of murder under IPC Section 302 and Arms Act has been registered against the accused. An unlicensed pistol has also been recovered from the accused.
At the behest of Anshul, the police on Sunday arrested Deepak alias Dhaula, a resident of Rohtak and who also has a criminal background, in connection with the murder of Rahul at ITM College. Inspector Sajjan Singh, in-charge, Palam Vihar crime unit, said that Tigma, the girl used to honey-trap him, had befriended Rahul using Whatsapp and even faked an affair with him to the extent that he was even planning to marry her.
However, on March 15, the woman called Rahul to Gurgaon for celebrating her birthday and the victim borrowed a car from his friends and came to ITM College. Four persons, including Vikas Dalal and Tigma, who were in a car, and Anshul and Deepak on a bike, were waiting for him.
“As soon as he came out of the car, the duo on bike fired on him from close range and killed him,” said Kuhar. The case was proving difficult for the police to crack as the woman used only Whatsapp to communicate with the victim and the assailants snatched his mobile while fleeing the spot.
The girl is a student of a nursing centre in Chandigarh and originally hails from Himachal. She escaped from her residence before the police could reach her.
Rahul and Vikas Dalal had developed an enmity over some issues in the past. The victim also has a criminal past and had spent some time in Tihar jail, the police said.
While police has managed to arrest the two shooters in connection with the honey trap and murder, prime accused Vikas and his girlfriend Tigma are still absconding. “The two will also be arrested soon,” said Kuhar.
The police will seek Deepak’s remand for further questioning.