Wanted criminal held in Delhi

New Delhi, Jan 15 (IANS) A 29-year-old criminal, wanted to stand trial in cases of attempt to murder, violations of the Arms Act and land grabbing, was arrested here, the Delhi Police said on Sunday.

The accused, identified as Rahul Rathi, is a resident of Bahadurgarh in Haryana, and was involved in many criminal cases. He was declared a proclaimed offender by a local court and was evading arrest since 2013.

“Rahul was arrested in a raid after the police team received a tip-off when he came to meet one of his associates at Dwarka intersection on Saturday night,” Joint Commissioner of Police (JCP) (Crime) Ravindra Yadav said.

“On questioning, he told police that he had studied up to intermediate and earlier worked as a field boy in a private company in Gurugram. He later plied a private taxi for a year and came in contact with bad elements who carried illegal arms with them,” Yadav added.

Rahul also started carrying pistol with him and was apprehended on March 11, 2011, with an illegal weapon in Chhwala area. He was tried, convicted and sentenced to jail, but later was freed on bail, Yadav said.

“He came in contact with Pardeep, who was involved in cases of land grabbing and other criminal activities and started doing crimes after joining his gang. He joined Anil Pehalwan gang in 2013,” the police officer added.