Expelled cop loots jeweller, held with aide
New Delhi: A Delhi Police constable, who was dismissed from service in 2016, headed a gang of criminals that targeted jewellery shops across Delhi and Uttar Pradesh. The east Delhi cops, however, arrested him and his accomplice after a 15-day-long hunt across two states.
The accused cop, Vijay Kumar Kamal (36), had joined the force in 2008 and was posted with a battalion of Delhi Armed Police. Kamal was often found to be on the wrong side of the law. Two years ago, he had robbed a businessman in Anand Vihar after threatening him. After his subsequent arrest and dismissal, he took to crime full time.
Kamal roped in his friend, Dalip Sharma (24), and a few others and formed a gang. Using his network from when he was in the force, he began to generate intelligence about jewellery shops that kept large amount of gold in their shops.
On August 30, he and two others barged into a jewellery shop in Pandav Nagar and robbed it after holding the owner and employees hostage at gun-point. The accused then fled from the scene in a car.
After registering an FIR, cops scanned the CCTV along the route which the criminals took while fleeing. This hel- ped them in identifying the getaway car. Sources were also deployed amongst various criminal gangs. Ultimately, it was found that the car involved in the crime was stolen from Burari on August 23.
According to DCP (east) Pankaj Singh, Kamal was arrested after a team led by
Two years ago, the accused cop had robbed a businessman in Anand Vihar after threatening him. After his dismissal, he took to crime full time
ACPs Shobhit Saxena and Rakesh Dixit got a tip-off about the dismissed cop behind the robbery. His whereabouts were obtained and he was detained. Cops recovered around 70grams of looted gold from his possession.
The police are now trying to track the rest of the gang members and recover the booty. The accused had made away with around Rs 50 lakh worth cash and jewellery. Cops are also probing if the same gang was behind two others heists that took place in June on the same date. In one of them, the criminals shot the jeweller dead in front of his 13-year-old son.