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2 of Kranti gang held after evading arrest since kingpin’s death

The accused have been identified as Jitendra alias Pinu (25) a resident of Mauji Wala Kuan, Sector 6 in Gurugram and Vijay Dahiya alias Babbar (24) a native of Birdhana village in Jhajjar.

gurgaon Updated: Aug 30, 2018 05:00 IST
Pavneet Singh Chadha
Pavneet Singh Chadha
Hindustan Times, Gurugram
Kranti gang,Gurugram,kingpin
The accused have been identified as Jitendra alias Pinu (25) a resident of Mauji Wala Kuan, Sector 6 in Gurugram and Vijay Dahiya alias Babbar (24) a native of Birdhana village in Jhajjar.

The crime branch of Gurugram Police arrested two members of an interstate gang of criminals, called the ‘Kranti’ gang, infamous for contract killing and extortion. The gang, which had gained a reputation for leaving behind boastful pamphlets at crime spots, mainly operates in Sonepat, Bahadurgarh, Rohtak and Delhi.

The accused have been identified as Jitendra alias Pinu (25) a resident of Mauji Wala Kuan, Sector 6 in Gurugram and Vijay Dahiya alias Babbar (24) a native of Birdhana village in Jhajjar.

The accused were arrested from Rajiv Chowk near district court complex on Monday noon after a tip-off. One semi-automatic pistol and two live cartridges were seized from their possession.

“The arrested accused are history-sheeters, who confessed to involvement in over 23 cases of loot, dacoity, extortion, carjacking and theft, committed over the past two years in Delhi, Rohtak, Jhajjar and Gurugram,” said Manoj Verma, in-charge, crime investigation agency (CIA), Palam Vihar. A loaded semi-automatic pistol was recovered from their possession, the police said.

Police said the duo had fled to Himachal Pradesh after kingpin Rajesh Bharti, one of the most wanted criminals, was killed on June 9 in a gunfight with Delhi police in South Delhi’s Chattarpur. Three associates of the gang, including key aide, Sanjeet Vidrohi was also killed in the shoot out, in which over 100 rounds were fired.

“To evade arrest, they started selling garments (women’s salwar-kameez) and kept changing hide outs in Himachal Pradesh. Dahiya was a close confidant of Vidrohi and both were among six criminals, who had broken out of Borstal jail in Hisar in 2016,” Verma said.

A police official privy to the investigation, requesting anonymity, said Jitendra and Dahiya had taken to crime when they were juveniles. “Jitendra dropped out of school and was lodged in Tihar jail, Delhi, and Karnal jail for close to three years. He joined Kranti gang in 2017 after he came out of Karnal jail and started extorting ‘protection’ money from businessmen in Haryana,” the official said.

A case was registered against the accused under relevant sections of Indian Penal Code and the Arms Act. They were produced in district court on Monday, which sent them to two-day police remand. On Wednesday, the court sent them to Bhondsi jail under judicial custody, police said.

First Published: Aug 30, 2018 05:00 IST