The Delhi Police Special Cell Sunday arrested former MLA from Mundka, Rambeer Shokeen, under provisions of the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA). Shokeen, uncle of jailed gangster Neeraj Bawana, had been absconding for the last one year.
On Monday, he was produced before a Delhi court and sent to three-day police custody.
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Denied a ticket by the BJP during the 2013 assembly polls, Shokeen contested and won as an Independent from Mundka in northwest Delhi. With a hung house after the polls, Shokeen said he would join BJP only if the Prime Minister called and requested him. Early last year, he joined the Congress. His wife Rita Singh had fought and lost the 2015 Delhi assembly polls.
Special Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) Arvind Deep said that a team led by inspector Umesh Barthwal arrested Shokeen, who had a Rs 1-lakh reward on his head, on Sunday night when he had gone to meet his relatives in outer Delhi’s Karala village.
“After Bawana’s arrest, Shokeen was allegedly found to be involved in criminal activities, including extortion and robberies. We will try to ascertain his involvement in other cases,” Deep said.
Ever since he absconded, Shokeen had been hiding in several villages in Haryana, police said. According to police, he allegedly provided Bawana financial and logistic support.
Shokeen and nine others, including Bawana, were chargesheeted in the Special MCOCA court last year, with the prosecution accusing them of running an organised crime syndicate and being involved in several “heinous crimes on a continuous basis” in Delhi-NCR.
“Police also seized one AK-47 and one SLR from a property owned by Shokeen. The seizure was made by the Special Cell on the instance of Bawana,” a senior police officer said.
The chargesheet alleged that Shokeen was the “political face of the syndicate”. The Special Cell alleged that Shokeen “shrewdly” used the muscle power of the syndicate “in advancing his political ambition”.
Investigators found that Bawana spent over Rs 1 crore during the 2013 Assembly elections to fund his uncle Shokeen’s campaign, the chargesheet alleged.