Spate of VK burglaries cracked with arrest of 3 after shootout
Accused Recced Colonies During Day, Returned At Night To Break Into Houses
New Delhi: The back-toback burglaries in Vasant Kunj that had led to much protests by residents was solved with the arrest of three men who had opened fire at the police team in the locality on Wednesday night. The men were nabbed after police identified and tracked the Hyundai i10 car used as a getaway vehicle. They were found to be involved in at least a dozen burglaries in the past few months in Vasant Kunj and South Campus.
The mastermind, Sunil Kumar Meena, runs a carwash service. He and his two friends recced the colonies during the day and returned later to break into the houses. Recently, the trio had been captured on CCTV footage firing at a guard at one of the colonies in Vasant Kunj.
Meena, Satish Chander (48) and Satendra Kumar (30) were caught after police found the getaway car, identified from the dent on its bumper, parked near RK Puram. DCP (south-west) Devender Arya said that the registration number of the car, owned by Meena, was placed on a tracker and its movements monitored.
On Wednesday night, cops got a specific input and planned to intercept Meena near Teri School of Advanced Studies. Seeing the cops, he first tried to ram through the barricades, but when the policemen formed a cordon, the car’s occupants opened fire in a bid to escape. In retaliation, the cops shot at the tyres of the car and deflated them.
Meena lost control of the car and rammed into a wall. The men left the car and ran, but were chased and overpowered by the police team. DCP Arya said, “The car, two country-made pistols, a kni
The car, two country-made pistols, a knife, house-breaking equipment and fake numberplates, were seized
fe, fake numberplates and house-breaking equipment have been recovered from their possession.”
During interrogation, Meena told the cops that he had completed a diploma in mechanical engineering (automobile) and ran a car wash company. Police discovered
that he was previously involved in 31 cases of robbery and burglary in various parts of Delhi. He had first been arrested by Delhi Police in 2016 and released on bail around a year ago.
The modus operandi also became clear. Kumar and Chandra would go to pick up the car of a client for a wash. While at it, they would scrutinise the area round to identify houses as possible targets for burglaries. The three men mostly focused on houses that were empty or whose occupants were out for work from morning to evening.
In 2011, Meena and three other men, including Kumar, began carrying out robberies in various parts of Delhi. While two of these men are still in judicial custody, Meena and Kumar were released on bail in December last year. The latter has nine cases of robbery registered against him.