‘Gamblers’ jump from second floor to escape arrest, fall in police net
NEW DELHI: In their bid to escape arrest during a police raid at a gambling den in east Delhi’s Vishwas Nagar on Thursday, three men jumped off the second floor of a building, police said.
The trio not only suffered fractures in the process, they also ended up getting caught just after landing as a police team had that escape route covered.
By the end of the dramatic raid, the police nabbed a total of 15 men aged between 25 and 60 years and booked them under the Public Gambling Act, said Meghna Yadav, deputy commissioner of police (Shahdara).
The alleged gambling racket was operating from the second floor of a residential building in Vishwas Nagar that falls under the jurisdiction of Farsh Bazar police station.
“A patrolling team received a tip-off about the gambling den on Thursday afternoon. Senior officers were alerted and a search warrant readied after which we raided the building,” said an investigator.
Inside the flat, several men were allegedly putting cash at stake while gambling with cards. “When they saw the police team, they tried to run away. While most tried to escape through the door, three jumped out of the balconies of the second floor,” said the officer.
The trio escaped life-threatening injuries but ended up with fractures. A police team that had waited nearby immediately caught them and moved them to Dr Hedgewar Hospital for treatment. The police said they are out of danger and have been apprehended. The police also caught 12 others while a few managed to slip away.
The injured men have been identified as Sahil, 25, Ravi, 60, and Suresh, 28. The trio and the other 12 nabbed men are residents of east Delhi neighbourhoods. NEWDELHI: Three days after a shootout between Delhi Police special cell officers and members of the ‘Kranti’ gang near the Dhaula Kuan Metro station that led to the arrest of its kingpin Jitender alias Jitu, police have caught three more alleged gang members.
The three include Devender alias Sonu Kharkhadi, who had sustained a gunshot injury in his right thigh during the shootout. Another key member of the gang, Ranveer, who was also involved in the shootout and a bullet had pierced his right palm, is still on the run.
A Creta car in which the duo had fled during the encounter was found abandoned in Mahipalpur area, police said.
Deputy commissioner of police (special cell) Sanjeev Kumar Yadav said that the gang was also involved in the robbery of the Creta car belonging to the station house officer (SHO) of the Naraina police station. They had robbed the car from the officer’s son at gunpoint, right outside the exit gate of an apartment in Dwarka where the officer lives with his family.
“We have recovered the inspector’s Creta from Rajasthan’s Jhunjhunu. A robbed i-20 car in which the three men were travelling at the time of their arrest from near Golf Course Road in Dwarka in the early hours of Thursday was also seized. Two pistols and four cartridges were recovered from their possession,” said Yadav.
The other two arrested men were identified as Shekhar (only first name was given) and Ravinder Kumar. Kharkhadi, involved in more than 15 cases, carried a reward of ₹1 lakh on his arrest while police had announced ₹50,000 reward on Shekhar’s arrest. On Tuesday around 9 pm, a shootout took place between them and the police.
On Thursday night, police received information that the injured man would come to Dwarka to meet a doctor. Accordingly, a trap was laid and the three men were caught, said police.