In 2008, Suraj (28) cleared the audition round of reality singing show Indian Idol and tried his best to make it to the top three. But he never made it past the gala round. “He then tried his hand at taekwondo and claimed that he won two gold medals at the national level. However, he soon took to robbing people,” a police officer said.
Last week, Suraj alias Fighter and three of his accomplices were arrested after they held a man at gunpoint, used pepper spray on him and made off with his gold chain and his leather bag.
According to police, Suraj has 24 criminal cases — including robbery and motor vehicle thefts — registered against him. DCP M N Tiwari said, “The accused had robbed the man at gunpoint on October 21. Suraj and Anil (22) were arrested from Ranhola in connection with the theft. The two, along with their friend, Mushtaq, are involved in a spate of robberies. Police also recovered a country-made pistol, pepper spray and a scooter from their possession.”
Police said this is not Suraj’s first run-in with the law. “In 2014, he was arrested in a case of theft lodged at the Janakpuri police station. A number of mobile phones were recovered from him. He was again arrested in June this year in a robbery case registered at the Tilak Nagar police station,” a police officer said.
During questioning, Suraj reportedly told police that he took to crime to fund his “expensive” lifestyle.
“He had multiple girlfriends and used to take them to five-star hotels. But the money started to run out. He had tried to earn money by making YouTube videos, but the revenues from advertisements were not enough to sustain him. He said he became addicted to living a good life, and took to crime to earn a quick buck,” an officer said.
Aspiring singer held for theft of Rs 90 lakh
A former employee of a jewellery store in Paschim Vihar has been arrested in connection with a theft of Rs 90 lakh from the shop two years ago. According to police, the accused has been identified as Neeraj. He used to work at Shagun Jewellers.
An aspiring singer, police said Neeraj took up work at the store as he wanted to join the film industry. “He wanted to finance his singing ambitions and decided to work at the jewellery store. However, he grew close to a woman co-worker and was fired by the owner,” a senior police officer said, adding, “He decided to rob the store as he blamed the owner for ruining his singing ambitions.”