Crime Diary: July 14


The Delhi police has claimed to have arrested one of the top 10 criminals of Delhi. Outer district’s Anti Auto Theft Squad [AATS] has arrested the criminal who also has a reward of Rs 1 lakh, police said on Friday.

‘Sanjay Rathi, 28, who has spread a reign of terror in outer Delhi and Haryana, was arrested from Ghoga-Harevali Road, near Canal Bridge on Thursday when he came to kill a person,’ said B S Jaiswal, deputy commissioner [outer].

With the arrest of Rathi, the police has claimed have to solve 13 cases of robbery, car-jacking, murder and attempt to murder. Police has recovered one pistol, three live cartridges and one motorcycle from his possession.

‘Rathi was wanted in many heinous crimes. The Delhi police as well as Haryana police were working hard for his apprehension,’ added Jaiswal.

A special team of AATS, outer district, headed by inspector Swadesh Parkashunder received specific information regarding the movement of Rathi. The team was informed that he would visit Bawana to kill one Rajender Singh with whom he had property dispute.

The team members immediately swung into action and laid a trap on Ghoga-Harevali Road, near Canal Bridge in Delhi and arrested him.

When Rathi was surrounded by the police, he tried to escape by pulling a gun on police. He fired at the head constable, Shamsher Singh, but Singh escaped narrowly. Constable Rajeev Raghav grabbed him quickly and Singh snatched his pistol.

The police recovered a sophisticated 9 mm pistol as well as three live cartridges and an empty cartridge, said Jaiswal. On interrogation, Rathi admitted his involvement in the cases in which he was wanted, said the official.


A 61-year-old man was arrested by the Delhi police crime branch for drug trafficking in the capital.

The police recovered 3 kg of heroin worth Rs 3 crore from his possession.

‘The arrested person has been identified as Narain Das alias Kalla of Kanjhawala from Dwarka. He had come to deliver a consignment of heroine to his contact,’ said Sanjay Kumar Jain, deputy commissioner [crime].

On a tip-off, a team of crime branch led by inspector Kuldeep Singh laid a trap and apprehended Das with 1 kg heroine, which is valued at Rs 1 crore in international market. The police recovered two more kilograms of heroin from his house.

Das was subjected to intensive examination. During interrogation he revealed that his elder brother used to sell drugs. And to support his family, he also took up drug trafficking.

He was arrested earlier twice in drug trafficking cases and is facing trial. He used to obtain his supply through his contacts based in Uttar Pradesh, said Jain.

This year up until 30 June, around 110 kg of charas, 1,294 kg of ganja, 20 kg of smack-heroin, 1.5 kg of cocaine and huge quantity of psychotropic substance have been recovered by the Delhi police.

More than 657 drug traffickers have been arrested as of last month, added Jain.


Police commissioner Neeraj Kumar has been urged by a former chief secretary of Delhi to prevent the land mafia from grabbing a plot of land in the south Delhi area of Panchshila Park.

Omesh Saigal, president of the Panchshila Cooperative House Building Society, has urged Neeraj Kumar to intervene.

The contentious land measures 2.4 acres and was allotted to the society by the Delhi Development Authority [DDA] in 1975 for a school, which was built in a portion of the premises in 1982.

‘A couple of civil suits were filed against us by vested interests but these were dismissed,’ said Saigal, a retired IAS official.

According to him, some miscreants tried to forcibly occupy the land in 2008. Following an enquiry, police ruled in 2009 that the land indeed belonged to the housing society.

Saigal alleged that when work was going on in the area recently, ‘some miscreants threatened our [gardeners] and stopped our work’. A police complaint was filed this month.

Subsequently, a policeman appeared on the site to say work could begin on the land only if the Malviya Nagar police station chief gave the green signal.

‘I request your intervention so that the land mafia is not able to usurp our land which, in their hands, is worth hundreds of crores [of rupees],’ said Saigal.


A 70-year-old wife of retired railway official was waylaid and robbed by two motorcyclists in north Delhi’s Roop Nagar on Friday morning.

The victim, Madhu Mansa Ramani, was going towards Sadhu Bela mandir located near her house in Roop Nagar when the incident took place. As she reached the temple, four assailants on two motorcycles allegedly waylaid her and took her to an isolated area.

‘They took off her gold chain and bangles that she was wearing. Later, they fled from the scene. As they were leaving, Madhu started shouting for help. On hearing her, a passerby rushed towards her and later called up the police control room [PCR].

The police reached the spot and took Madhu to a nearby hospital and recorded her statement. A case of robbery has been registered at Roop Nagar police station, official said.


Unidentified assailants allegedly stole a businessman’s briefcase, containing nearly Rs 4.72 lakh, from his car parked near Ramakrishna Ashram Marg Metro station on Thursday afternoon.

Vinay Verma, 30, a resident of Noida Sector-20, was visiting nearby Panchkuian Road furniture market when the incident took place. He was carrying approximately Rs 5 lakh in the briefcase and had taken out Rs 28,000 to purchase furniture from the market. ‘He claims that he kept Rs 4.72 lakh in the briefcase and left it in his Tata Indica car. He, along with his driver Ashok Kumar, then went for shopping. When they returned, they found that the rear window of the car was broken and the briefcase missing,’ said a police officer.

The briefcase also contained his passport and his wife’s PAN card. Vinay later approached Mandir Marg police station and lodged a case of theft.


The district task force for child labour of district west on Friday conducted child rescue operation and inspection in the area of Rajouri Garden in which 11 child labourers are rescued. This was stated by Delhi labour minister Ramakant Goswami.

The task force constituted under the chairmanship of deputy commissioner [Revenue] comprising of area Sub District Magistrate, Anju Mangala, assistant labour commissioner B K Puri along with other inspectorate staff of labour department, the Delhi police and representatives of an NGO Bachpan Bachao Andolan conducted raids and rescue operations in different eight establishments in the area. The establishments from where these child labour are rescued are of restaurant, dhabas, eateries category, which is one of the prohibited category for employment of child labour.

Out of 11 child labour five are below the age of 14 years and six are between 14 and 18 years of age.

The task force recovered the dues, such as Rs 20,000 for each rescued under the age of 14 years as per the directions of the Supreme Court totaling Rs one lakh and also recovered the other dues including earned wages, overtime payment, less wages difference amounting to around Rs 2 lakh in respect of all rescued child labourers on the spot from all the defaulting employers.

This is the first time that the task force has successfully recovered all dues on the spot during inspection itself.

The children rescued are produced before the Child Welfare Committee who have sent them for further care and protection to the Mukti Ashram, Burari.


A home guard was beaten to death on Friday night by four men claiming to be journalists when he refused to allow a car carrying them to cross a traffic barricade at Vasundhara area.

Vimal Tiwari, 32, was on duty at the Vasundhara traffic signal when the four men came in a car and asked Tiwari to allow them as also an auto to cross the barricade set up to regulate traffic flow on a route used by kanwariyas [followers of Lord Shiva].

When Tiwari refused to comply, he was beaten up. The men fled from the scene soon after. Tiwari was taken to a nearby hospital where he succumbed during treatment.

Inspector of Indirapuram Police Station, Gorakh Nath, said two cases have been registered and police are looking for the absconding men.
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