Gangster held for murdering rival gang member

New Delhi, Jan 23 (IANS) Delhi Police have arrested a 27-year-old gangster in connection with the daylight murder of a rival gang member here, police said on Monday.

Deepak, a member of Gaurav Jharera gang, along with his nine associates had on July 17, 2016 killed 22-year-old Akash, a member of a rival group, after beating him with iron rods.

“On the day of the crime, one of the accused Gaurav, along with three other juvenile gang members, was apprehended by local police, while their associates Laxman, Vishal, Vijay, Bunty and Deepak managed to escape,” Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Ravindra Yadav said.

Police teams arrested Deepak on Friday night when he came to meet one of his associates at Kargil Chowk in Dwarka, Yadav said.

On questioning, Deepak told police that he belongs to a middle-class family and resided in government quarters in Delhi Cantonment area. After passing Class 12 from a government school, he got a job in an event management company. Later, he came in contact with gangster Gaurav Jharera through his cousin.

“Deepak joined Gaurav’s gang in order to get fame in the locality and started committing crimes. Gaurav is previously involved in 45 cases of murder, attempt to murder, kidnapping and others and is lodged in jail for the murder of Kalu Jharera during a gang war in Delhi Cantonment area,” the officer said.

Deepak told interrogators he hid in different areas of Ranikhet, Uttarakhand and Jammu for six months after murdering Akash and had came back to Delhi as he was in need of money from other gang members, he added.