Caught another day: Cops finally end run of this 007
New Delhi: A few years ago, a criminal named Krishna set out to commit robbery with his associates. He was wearing a T-shirt with “007” printed on it. It so happened that Krishna wore the same Tshirt for his second crime. Both heists were successful.
However, the common Tshirt factor didn’t escape the attention of his associates who insisted that Krishna wear the same T-shirt while committing other crimes.
While his gang members started calling him James Bond, Krishna made sure that he wore the “007” T-shirt whenever he planned to commit any crime, something he started believing was his lucky charm.
However, Krishna’s stint came to an end as Delhi Police was tipped off about a “James Bond” planning to carry out a big heist in the capital. “Acting on the information, a team led by ACP Rajender Singh laid a trap on the Dwarka-Kakrola stretch,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Dwarka) Anto Alphonse. The team stopped two men on a scooter after being alerted by their informer. The suspects tried to flee, but were chased and arrested. Two loaded pistols were recovered from their possession.
During interrogation, Krishna and his aide, Vinod, confessed that they were on their way to rob a businessman in Dwarka. Krishna was wearing the “007” T-shirt at the time of his arrest.
According to the police, Krishna belongs to Dausa in Rajasthan and his family owns a few plots in Delhi. After completing his schooling, he started driving a cab with an app-based firm.
Vinod confessed to his fondness for expensive cigarettes and liquor and took to crime to fund his lavish lifestyle. He was first arrested in 2010 in cases of thefts and snatchings and was jailed several times. It was in jail where he met Krishna.
The men gave police a different name after each arrest to be treated as first-time offenders. While Krishna operated under the alias of Sumit and James (Bond), Vinod operated under the pseudonym of Toni. The accused often changed their residences to avoid being declared “bad characters” by the area police.
“Their real identities had already been termed as history-sheeters — Vinod in Uttam Nagar and Krishna in Shalimar Bagh,” said a senior police officer. While Krishna was found involved in six cases, Vinod has at least 15 cases lodged against him.