NEW DELHI: With the UP police turning the heat on criminals, many of them seem to have made Delhi their new playground. Delhi Police is alarmed over detecting the hand of UP-based criminals in some of the recent sensational crimes in the city. The triple snatching reported from South Extension last week and the gang-related killings in October were both the handiwork of UP desperadoes.
Three days ago, a criminal, Furqan, and three of his associates opened fire, snatched chains and phones and returned to their hideout in UP. They had changed their appearance, left their bikes behind and boarded a car to leave for their hometown in Bulandshar. Acting on a tip-off, UP cops intercepted them and shot at two of them. Their crime trail in Delhi was discovered later. In the twin murders reported from north-east Delhi, UP-based contract killers identified as Rashid Waseem from Kasganj and Rashid Golu from Loni in UP had killed two people from a rival gang.
In June this year, criminals from UP’s Amroha and Bijnore had executed a daring robbery at a jewelry outlet and snatched gold and diamond ornaments worth around a crore. The men were identified as Dilshad, Abid, Rizwan and Shabbu from Bijnore and Saurabh Verma, the receiver, from Amroha. These incidents are only the ones which have made headlines. There are scores of other cases in which criminals from UP have been found to be involved and many of them are yet to be solved.
“Criminals from UP are definitely getting lured towards Delhi as they have a notion that they can get away by committing a crime in another state. The crackdown by the UP police is definitely one of the factors for them to turn towards Delhi. However, our teams at crime branch, special cell and district units of the eastern range are working in coordination with their counterparts in UP and cracking down on them,” said a senior cop. Another senior officer pointed out that ” their hands are tied there as our UP counterparts are giving them a befitting reply. In Delhi, they seem assured that they will not be shot unless they shoot at us.”