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Cops tighten grip on Kaushal gang, arrest six more

The men were identified after the six other aides — who were arrested from Dehradun and Manesar Thursday — revealed information about their gang.

gurgaon Updated: Apr 28, 2019 00:41 IST
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The police Saturday arrested six more people — suspected to be close aides of gangster Kaushal — for allegedly being involved in handling his extortion business in the city and nearby areas.

The police Saturday arrested six more people — suspected to be close aides of gangster Kaushal — for allegedly being involved in handling his extortion business in the city and nearby areas. Four weapons were also recovered from their possession, police said.

The men were identified after the six other aides — who were arrested from Dehradun and Manesar Thursday — revealed information about their gang. The police said they have recovered two diaries from the gang members that have details of the businessmen who had been paying the extortion money. Police said they will also be questioned.

A police team arrested Rahul alias Sadhu, who hails from Jaunpur in Uttar Pradesh and lived in a rented room in Ashok Vihar. There are five cases registered against him in the different police station in the city for his alleged involvement in murder, attempt to murder, extortion, and robbery cases. The police said Rahul was handling the extortion business in the city on behalf of Saini and used to arrange weapons, police said.

He was arrested along with his associates Dinesh Diwakar alias Guddu of Shanti Nagar, Akash alias Sonu alias Choker of Khandsa, Tej Prakash Saini of Gurugram village, Sanjay Panchal of Gandhi Nagar and Anil Kumar of Bas Gujjar village. Police said they all were involved in several cases of kidnapping, dacoity, robbery, extortion, attempt to murder and murder.

The police said Saini, suspected to be the face of Kaushal gang, had been running operations from Dehradun for the last five months. “During the raid, we recovered two diaries from Saini’s rented room which have details of several businessmen who have been paying protection money to the gang member. They will be questioned,” said Shamsher Singh, assistant commissioner of police (crime).

A detailed probe is being carried out by the deputy commissioner of police (crime) and a report will be submitted to the commissioner soon, he said.

While one diary exposes a list of gang members and criminals, another one has entries of protection money charged by the gang from prominent traders, who are owners of sweet shops, jewellery shops, kitchen appliances stores, bakeries, and garments showrooms in old Gurugram.

“A number of criminals allegedly connected to Kaushal from other gangs are under the scanner,” said Singh.

Senior police officers said top government officials were keeping a close watch on the situation across the state and have been demanding the names of criminals involved in wrongdoing and since when they are absconding.

“With the arrest of 12 criminals, there is palpable fear among the other gang members. We have started investigating the details of people whose names are mentioned,” said Singh.

The police said the gang members were receiving kickbacks from businessmen who had earlier denied paying any protection money but later after several firing incidents were reported they had recently hired gunmen for their safety and security outside their shops and residences.

“Saini also revealed that Kaushal is in Thailand and was operating from there,” said Singh.

First Published: Apr 28, 2019 00:41 IST