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Was he behind his own arrest?

HOW DID dreaded gangster Sanjiv Maheshwari land in Delhi police dragnet? Was the Delhi police really hunting for Sanjiv or was there some calculation behind the arrest, specially when there was no case pending against Sanjiv in Delhi. Separate teams from special task force (STF), Varanasi police and the Meerut police had been on their toes to nab Sanjiv since the shootout in Ghaziabad killing eight, including BJP MLA Krishnanad Rai. But, none of the UP police teams could trace Sanjiv. He was trapped by Delhi police yesterday.

india Updated: May 16, 2006 00:57 IST

HOW DID dreaded gangster Sanjiv Maheshwari land in Delhi police dragnet? Was the Delhi police really hunting for Sanjiv or was there some calculation behind the arrest, specially when there was no case pending against Sanjiv in Delhi.
Separate teams from special task force (STF), Varanasi police and the Meerut police had been on their toes to nab Sanjiv since the shootout in Ghaziabad killing eight, including BJP MLA Krishnanad Rai. But, none of the UP police teams could trace Sanjiv. He was trapped by Delhi police yesterday.

Similar ‘co-incident’ had taken place three years back when the STF was hunting for Sanjiv when he had kidnapped a Doon School student Prateek Diwan while he was on his way to his Kolkata residence.

While the STF had then failed to trace Sanjiv, the special cell of the Delhi police had arrested Sanjiv then too. Sources in the police said, Sanjiv, who has a lawyer friend having connections in Delhi police, had coolly got himself arrested to thwart a possible encounter at the hand of UP Police.

A team from Ghazipur police has left for Delhi seeking remand of Sanjiv for further interrogation. The STF sleuths would interrogate Sanjiv regarding his role in the Ghazipur shootout.

Sanjiv, a native of Muzaffarnagar, had been hired by Ansari in eliminating his (Ansari’s) rivals, including Anil Singh in Ghazipur one-and-half-year back. Sanjiv had later joined Ansari’s bandwagon after his release from Barabanki jail a year back. Sanjiv was staying at Ansari’s Mohammadabad residence in Ghazipur before he executed the killing the BJP MLA.

First Published: May 16, 2006 00:57 IST