Ex­pelled cop loots jew­eller, held with aide

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES CITY -

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.

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