Caught an­other day: Cops fi­nally end run of this 007

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times City - TIMES NEWS NET­WORK

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.

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