A ‘missing’ 20-year-old woman accused with seven others in the murder of Gurgaon gangster Sandeep Gadoli has finally come under the radar of the Mumbai Police Special Investigation Team (SIT), said sources close to the case. The ‘missing’ Divya Pahuja’s movements were tracked to a state bordering Haryana, the sources added.
“She has been on the move and keeps going under the radar every few days. Our team is on the lookout for her. Even earlier, she has gone to this state several times. We suspect she has some people she knows there,” a police officer told The Indian Express Sunday.
According to the SIT, Divya was with Gadoli when he was shot dead by a Gurgaon Police team, which makes her a “high-risk witness”. Divya’s father has claimed he verbally told the police about his missing daughter and was worried for her safety. Gurgaon Police said they had received no formal missing person’s complaint for Divya.
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A Gurgaon Police team led by sub-inspector Pradhuman Yadav allegedly shot Gadoli at a Mumbai hotel on February 7. While the police team claimed it had fired in self-defence, the SIT concluded the encounter was fake and Gadoli was murdered.
The SIT informed the Supreme Court on May 27 an FIR had been registered against five members of the police team and three private individuals ? Divya, her mother Sonia, and Manoj Binder, brother of a Gurgaon-based “gangster-turned-municipal councillor” Binder Gujjar. Gadoli’s family has alleged the plan to kill him was hatched by Binder Gujjar and an an ACP-rank Gurgaon Police officer related to the councillor is the “mastermind” of the ‘encounter’.
A senior officer did not comment on the allegations, but did not rule out that more persons could be named as accused in the case. “We do have certain leads, but will need to question some of the accused to find out who else was involved in the plot to bump off Gadoli. Hence their arrests are important for us,” said the officer.
Infamous as Gurgaon’s most wanted man, Gadoli was on the run. “He was accused in more than 30 cases, including the killing of the driver of rival gangster-turned-municipal councillor Binder Gujjar in October last year. For years, the two rival gangs fought for control over gambling, alcohol smuggling, extortion and land grab,” said a police source.