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Proclaimed offender nabbed by Delhi police

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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