Wanted Delhi Police constable arrested after seven years
The arrested criminal, allegedly involved in various criminal activities and absconding for the past seven years, had joined Delhi Police in 1989 and was terminated in 1997 due to his complicity with notorious elements, had conducted bank robberies, loot, extortions etc and was involved in smuggling of antique items worth hundreds of crores of rupees.
According to an STF official, one Devender Sirohi was arrested from Swarnjayanti Puram area of Ghaziabad early on Monday morning when he was getting prepared to lock a deal of antiques worth Rs 25,000 crore. Police said that Sirohi had claimed to have a machine used in World War-II costing Rs 25,000 crore. Police also said that the criminal had almost finalised the deal with the party. However, the party has not yet been identified.
The Ghaziabad Police, which carried a joint operation with the STF, said that after termination Devender sought company with most-wanted criminals and committed several crimes. In 2005, his wife Madhu was elected as a Zila Panchayat member from their native place Baghpat. In 2008, he, along with his associates, conducted a robbery of Rs 32 lakh in Kaushambi area.
A pistol, four live cartridges, four empty cartridges, Rs 1,065 cash, driving licence and a mobile phone were recovered from the accused, Ajay Kumar Sahdev, ASP, UPSTF, (Western UP) said.
After finding his involvement in a series of criminal cases in the region, UP Police initially announced a reward of Rs 15,000 which was later raised to Rs 50,000. With the noose being tightened, Devender shifted his base to Madhya Pradesh from where he started dealing of antique items and has minted crores of rupees.
As police was on his lookout and tracing his location, he moved to Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh along with his family members. He started duping people on the pretext of selling ‘radio active material sulemani stone’. He had struck a deal with a Kolkata-based trader and had come to Ghaziabad in connection with a property deal when he was arrested, the ASP said.