Proclaimed offender nabbed by Delhi police
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Last Updated: Thursday, April 29, 2010, 18:50
New Delhi: A man who was evading the law for past seven years after he was accused of standing surety for criminals using forged documents, was arrested here, police said today.

The arrested has been identified as Ram Avtar, who was declared a proclaimed offender by a local court.

He had also stood surety for Mohd Aftab Ansari, a dreaded criminal hailing from Varanasi (UP) who presently lodged in a west Bengal jail, by posing as one Salim, police claimed.

Officials recovered fake documents like photo IDs in the name of one Harichand. His intention was to use the same to stand surety for some accused, they said.

"He has reportedly stood as bogus surety with pseudonyms and addresses to many other accused persons in various courts of Delhi," they said.

Avtar told police he had stood surety for Ansari in Ashok Vihar encounter case of 1995, claiming himself to be Salim, and Ansari was subsequently released on bail.

Later, it was found that the credentials of the sureties were fake and a case was registered. Avtar was arrested in January 2003 and was released on bail.

"However, since he was not appearing in this case before the trial court, he was declared a proclaimed offender this February," police said.

He was now using the name of Harichand and was in possession among other fake documents, an ID card of an LDC in Delhi Transport Corporation's Nand Nagari Depot.


First Published: Thursday, April 29, 2010, 18:50

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