New Delhi: A young man, who calls himself
the `badshah` of snatchers and pickpockets and was allegedly
involved in at least 73 cases in the capital and surrounding
areas, was arrested from Uttar Pradesh.
Raju, a resident of Sultanpuri, was apprehended in
Pilakhwa in western UP yesterday on a tip off in connection
with a murder of a 55-year-old Delhi man, Chhaya Sharma,
Deputy Commissioner of Police (Outer), said.
"Raju is the undisputed king of various gangs of
snatchers and pick-pocketers operating in various parts of
Delhi. All gang members regularly pay a major amount of their
earnings to Raju.
"He knows almost every pic-pocket and snatcher. If
any gang member is arrested, Raju provides him all sorts of
assistance such as hiring of a lawyer and and all. He also
resolves jurisdictional disputes between gangs," she said.
He along with his associates had allegedly murdered
Roomal Lal at his residence in Prem Vihar on November one last
year. "The deceased`s wife had met the brother of Raju`s
friend Rakesh with regard to the marriage of her daughter. The
daughter and Rakesh were in a relationship and she became
pregnant. However Rakesh refused to marry her.
"Rakesh along with Raju and others went to her house
and started beating the family members and when Lal
intervened, he was also beaten mercilessly and later he
succumbed to his injuries," Sharma said. In this case, five
people, including Rakesh, were earlier arrested while Raju was
Raju also allegedly attempted to kill one Rajesh,
who, one of his associates claimed, had murdered his brother
while another claimed he had implicated him in false cases.
Since Raju is a "desperate and notorious" criminal
having more than 73 cases registered against him, five teams
of Delhi Police and various teams of UP Police had been
deployed to track him down.
Police got information that Raju along with his wife
Parveen is residing in Pilakhwa in UP but when a police team
went there, they could not trace him there. But later he
returned to the village and was nabbed.
Raju allegedly used to carry an identity card of an
NGO `All India Crime Reforms Organisation` in a bid to avoid
being caught by police on pickets.
"While going to collect his share from the gang
members in different part of Delhi, for the last 3-4 months
he also had started travelling with his wife on a motorcycle
to avoid police checking and to prevent any suspicion," Shamra
Interestingly, recently 3-4 snatchers have named
themselves as Raju, apparently as he exercises "influence",
Raju claimed that he entered the world of crime as he
was neglected by his father and step mother, police said.