Crime Diary: June 18


Two men were arrested for allegedly being in possession of a rare tortoise, on Tuesday. Police said they were heading to Prem Nagar in Delhi to search for a buyer.

‘The accused were identified as Sanjay, 22, a resident of Ajmer in Rajasthan, and Raju Chaturvedi, 36, who stays at Sonia Vihar in Delhi,’ said Additional Commissioner of Police [central], Devesh Chandra Srivastva.

‘They were dealing in rare species of various wild animals. The tortoise we recovered belongs to a rare species called the Indian Soft Shield Turtle. During interrogation, Sanjay said  he had caught the tortoise from Bayawar village in Rajasthan. The market price of the animal would be above Rs 5 lakh,’ said Srivastva.

On a tip off on Monday, that the two men would arrive at Balraj Khanna Marg in Patel Nagar on a motorcycle, the police started checking all vehicles near the West Inn Hotel at Balraj Khanna Marg.

The team then saw the accused and signalled them to stop. The bike borne persons tried to flee, but were nabbed.

‘We recovered a tortoise wrapped in a t-shirt from their bag. Some officers of the Wildlife department were called at the spot and they confirmed the species,’ said the officer.


In a shocking incident in the capital, a mentally-challenged person was found to be living with the half-burnt and rapidly decomposing body of his father.

Apparently, the incident came to light when a milk man, who used to leave milk polybags outside the victim’s residence, noticed on Tuesday morning that two polybags were left untouched.

He then raised an alarm and informed one of the neighbours, who informed the local police.

The mentally-challenged person was identified as 35-year-old Banni and his father, the deceased was identified as Virender Kawar, 80, a resident of Sector-4 in Gurgaon.

‘A PCR call was made by one of the neighbours, who complained about a foul smell coming from the residence of the deceased. When the police reached the spot, nobody opened the door and they had to knock it down,’ said Surender Pal, Deputy Commissioner of Police [West].

Inside, the cops found Banni sitting next to Kanwar’s body. He reportedly lost his mental balance after his brother was killed in a road accident in 1995.

Banni did not respond to any of the questions raised by the cops and behaved rudely with them.

‘Burnt cigarettes and used match sticks were recovered near the body. It is possible that after his father’s death, Banni tried to burn him,’ added Pal.

‘The body has been sent for the post-mortem. ‘Banni has been taken into custody and interrogation is being carried out with the help of a psychiatrist,’ said Pal.


A prominent finance company has registered a case of cheating and copyright infringement against a fictitious company for sending fake appointment letters to several professionals on the pretext of providing lucrative jobs, police said.

The fake company, headquartered in west Delhi’s Janakpuri, according to the complaint received by the police, was offering salaries ranging from Rs 27,000 to Rs 1.56 lakh per month and even air tickets to potential employees in return for a security deposit.

'According to the complaint filed by the company, one Hiral Joshi had received an appointment letter bearing the prominent finance company’s copyright logo via email for appointment,' said a senior police officer.

However, when Joshi, who had been directed to deposit an amount of Rs 9,400 as a refundable security deposit, approached the actual company’s headquarters located on central Delhi’s Parliament Street, the administration denied sending him a call letter in the first place.

The fictitious call letter, the complaint stated, had been issued in the name of S K Mitra, whose designation was given as an Assistant Manager, from its office based in west Delhi's Janakpuri.

'However, the actual company not only denied having any office there, it also denied that S K Mitra was its Assistant Manager. In their complaint, they state that S K Mitra is name of one of their former Managing Directors and his name is being misused for the purpose of defrauding innocent applicants,' the officer said.

The complainant company has also claimed that it had approached the police with a similar complaint in November 2011.

'We have registered a case recently. Finding out  the extent of the fraud will only be possible after proper examination,' said KC Dwivedi, additional CP [New Delhi].


A Delhi court has dismissed the bail pleas of two persons, working as recovery agents for a private telecom firm, for allegedly threatening the husband of a Rajya Sabha MP by posing as government officials, cops and lawyers.

‘These types of offences are increasing day by day and are deliberate in nature. Keeping in view the modus operandi and the nature of the offence, it seems that the accused may misuse the liberty of bail by repeating the offence. Seeing the gravity of the offence, the bail is dismissed,’ Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate [ACMM] Amit Bansal said.

Ankit Panwar, who runs Shine Star Solutions, which has an agreement with Reliance Communication Pvt Ltd [RCOM] to recover dues for the latter from defaulting customers, and his employee Lalit Gupta, a 19-year-old student, had been arrested on 13 June for allegedly threatening and abusing Rajen Thakur, husband of Rajya Sabha MP Prabha Thakur.

The court, in its order, said though Panwar's firm had entered into an agreement with RCOM to act as recovery agents, the ‘contract does not say to commit illegal activities’.

The matter came to light when the lawmaker, a resident of Udaipur in Rajasthan, approached Delhi police alleging her husband was being harassed by a caller, posing as a cop, a lawyer and government official.

They were arrested by the Crime Branch on 13 June and since then they are in judicial custody.


After a five-month investigation, one more doctor has been arrested in connection with the leaking of AIIMS post-graduate medical entrance test papers. The exam was organised on 8 January this year. The police said on Tuesday that the accused reportedly stuck a deal to pay Rs 18 lakh if he passed the exam.

Dev Prakash Dewangan, 23, was arrested on 15 July from his residence in Raipur, Chhattisgarh. Dewangan told investigators that in 2006, he got admission  in Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru Memorial Medical College, Raipur.

‘In September 2011, he went to Nagpur to enquire about the  paid seats for post graduation. There he met Mohit Choudhary, 23, the kingpin of the racket. Choudhary said he was conducting a three-day capsule course for the examination,’ said Sanjay Kumar Jain, DCP [crime].

Jain said Choudhary also guaranteed him a seat in AIIMS in lieu of Rs 18 lakh. The amount was to be given after the success in the entrance exam. As a surety, Choudhary kept his documents with him, said the official.

In all, nine people including Dewangan, have been arrested regarding the case till date.

Mohit Choudhary, a second year MBBS student, Kapil Kumar, 27, MBA graduate from Jamia Millia Islamia, Krishan Pratap Singh, 27, MA in Public Administration from Jamia Millia  Islamia and MBA from IMT Meerut, Bhishma Singh, 27, and Amit Punia, who did his MBBS from PGI Rohtak, were arrested on 8 January.

Sai Balender Bakshi, 35, and Vimal Dangi, 31, were arrested on 12 January. Ravi Attri was also arrested a little later.

The all-India post graduate medical entrance examination was conducted by AIIMS on 8 January 2012  for 50 per cent post graduate seats in government colleges across the country.

The exam was conducted at 156 centres and 70,000 candidates appeared for it.


Five youths have been arrested for allegedly assaulting a police constable in inebriated condition outside a mall on Tuesday.

The five youths, who work in a travel agency in Delhi, had stopped their car in the middle of a road outside GIP Mall last night, obstructing traffic, police said.

When constable Girivar Singh, who was on duty, asked them to remove the car, one of the youths entered into a brawl and threatened the cop, saying he was a relative of some top police officer of Madhya Pradesh.

The men, who were in inebriated condition, then beat up the cop, police said. Soon after the fight, police reached the site and arrested the youths - Jagvir, Sukhvir, Jagdip, Rohan and Hemant.


A 32-year-old travel agent and his wife have been arrested from Assam’s Cachar district for cheating people in the national capital on the pretext of organising international tour packages, police said on Tuesday.

Anu Chandra Paul and Aparna had fled from their travel agency office in central Delhi’s Karol Bagh area after collecting Rs 6-18 lakh per package from travel agents and Rs 1-3 lakh from individual customers.

According to Devesh Chandra Srivastva, Additional commissioner of police (central), the racket was busted after three travel agents, Poonam Chand Upadhay, Kunal Jain and Jomon Joy approached police on 18 June.

‘The complainants claimed that the husband-wife had collected about Rs 60 lakh by promising to book hotels, transportation and international air tickets for various customers. They, however, failed to do so and fled from their office,’ Srivastva added.

During initial investigation, cops conducted local enquiry in the vicinity of the office and found that Anu and Aparna had fled to Silchar. Accordingly, a team was sent to Silchar and the accused were apprehended on secret information.

On sustained interrogation, Anu disclosed that he used to work in a private company at Connaught Place. However, due to his insufficient salary, he decided to start a travel agency along with his wife in February 2010.

‘Initially, they won the trust and provided proper facilities to customers as well as travel agents. But, after some months, they hatched a conspiracy to cheat along with Anu’s cousin Amrit Paul,’ Srivastva said.

They collected lakhs of rupees from customers and travel agents and fled away from the office.

‘Further investigation is in progress and efforts are being made to apprehend Amrit,’ Srivastva added.


Two associates of noted criminal Vikas Lagarpuria, who is wanted in several cases of extortion, robbery and murder in Delhi and Haryana, have been arrested, police said on Tuesday.

‘Sanjeev alias Sethi, 28, and Sumit, 21, residents of Jhajjar in Haryana, were arrested from Sector 1, Dwarka yesterday by Crime branch sleuths when they were receiving arms and ammunition from one of their associates,’ said Sanjay Kumar Jain, DCP Crime and Railways.

Both of them were previously involved in several cases of murder, attempt to murder and Arms Act in Delhi and Haryana.

Also, they were involved in procuring arms and ammunition and used to provide shelters to other gang members, the official said, adding three sophisticated pistols and seven live cartridges and a motorcycle have been recovered from them.

According to police, the anti-extortion cell received information that some associates of Vikas Lagarpuria had set up a base in Dwarka and were procuring arms and ammunition to extort money from local property dealers but nobody was coming forward to complaint against them due to fear.

Yesterday, police got a specific input that a member of Vikas' gang would come to Dwarka area to procure arms and ammunition from one of their associate.

Police immediately reached Dwarka and took position at Dwarka Najafgarh Road. One of the associate was waiting near an apartment building in Sector 1. Sometime later, another member came on a motorcycle and stopped near him. They were apprehended while they were exchanging firearms.

Two pistols of .30 bore and four live cartridges were recovered from Sethi and a pistol of .30 bore and three live cartridges were recovered from Sumit.


A wanted criminal, on whom a cash reward of Rs 50,000 was announced, has been arrested, police said on Tuesday. Anees Khan alias Mannu, a resident of Khureji Khas and wanted in several cases of extortion, protection and recovery of real estates, betting and money lending, has been arrested, DCP [East District] Prabhakar said.

Police had announced a reward of Rs 50,000 on Mannu, who is actively associated with two criminals - Gaurav alias Ajay of Jhareda village and Deepak alias Kale of Mandawali, for his arrest.

He was wanted in a case of attack in Jagatpuri. He, along with five-six men, had assaulted, stabbed and shot at three persons. One of them later succumbed to his injuries.

The accused has specialised in extortion, protection and recovery in the areas of real estates, betting and money lending. Mannu is supported by his sister, who is also involved in 13 cases of bootlegging, drug-peddling, extortion, hurting, the official said.


A 35-year-old Nigerian national was arrested here allegedly with 2.5 kg of heroin worth around Rs 2.5 crore in black market, police said on Tuesday.

Edwin Ndubusi was apprehended from Shivaki Marg yesterday on a tip-off, DCP [Crime] Sanjay Kumar Jain said.

Ndubusi told police that after dropping out from school, he had started helping his father in farming.

‘After the death of his father, he came to India in 2011 on a business visa. He was staying in Dwarka since then. He wanted to start export business of auto parts and hosiery items, but the business never took off. Six months ago, he met Richard, a fellow Nigerian, who used to meet him in a church in Uttam Nagar. Richard lured him into drug trafficking,’ Jain said.

Efforts are being made to trace out Richard and also clients of Edwin.
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