New Delhi: The owner of the building that
collapsed in east Delhi`s Lalita Park has 25 criminal cases
registered against him, including on the charge of attempt to
murder and adulteration of building material, the police said
An attempt to murder case, 11 cases of adulteration
and four cases of cheating are among the 25 cases registered
against Amritpal Singh, the owner of the building, who was
arrested here last night.
"It came to the notice that the accused is a seasoned
criminal and has past history of criminal involvements
including adulteration of building materials and cement. He
has more than 25 criminal cases against him," IB Rani,
Additional DCP (East), said.
Soon after the building collapse on Monday night,
Singh had fled from his house in Lalita Park area with his
family and hid himself at his sister-in-law`s residence in
"Singh could not be traced at his house and most of
his relatives were not available at their residences. The task
become more difficult as Singh stopped contacting his friends
and relatives," said Rani.
However, last evening based on an input police managed
to track Singh to Geeta Colony. "He was planning to leave
Delhi for an undisclosed destination. We managed to catch him
almost at the last minute," a senior police official said.
Singh told police that he was born in Jalandhar in
Punjab in 1956 and came to Muradabad in 1966. Seven years
later, his family came to Delhi and purchased a house in
Initially, his family opened a grocery shop in the
same house and allegedly started selling illicit liquor from
that grocery shop and was arrested many times.
Later, he also allegedly started selling adulterated
cement bags in Delhi and NCR. Eleven cases under Essential
Commodities Act were also registered against him.