MORE THAN a year after he jumped bail, history-sheeter and alleged land-shark Baldev Dangar alias Bali was arrested along with his three accomplices by city police from Beti village Monday. A team led by deputy commissioner of police (zone-I) Subhodh Odedra, nabbed Bali and his accomplices while they were trying to change their location. Along with Bali, his accomplices Arjun Jalu, Arjun Dangar and Sikandar Bloch have been arrested.
Commissioner of police of Rajkot, Anupam Singh Gehlot said that Bali had been on the run since jumping parole in July last year. He had been lodged in Gondal sub-jail in connection with a land grab case in the jurisdiction of Lodhika police station in Rajkot district. However, Gujarat High Court had granted him 15 interim bail on June 30 last year so that he can arrange for medical treatment of his ailing mother. He was scheduled to report back to Gondal jail on July 15, but he didn’t and had been on the run since.
After jumping the bail, Gehot said, Bali had been involved in kidnapping and and beating of up of two men from Kalavad road on July 9, 2015; firing on gang rival Mahesh Gamara and latter’s relative Jivan Mundhva in Mansarovar Park in the city on August 12, 2015 and issuing threat to people with stakes in an estate known as Pandya House in the city.
“He used to change his location periodically. Finally, we got a tip-off that he and his accomplices were to change location today also. They were to come from Surendranagar district. We placed a team of officers with bullet proof jackets and nabbed the quartet when they reached Beti village in a private vehicle,” Gehlot told mediapersons after Bali’s arrest.
He added that police officers posed as wiremen who were out on the field to repair some fault in power distribution lines to catch the accused. “Since we had information that the accused were carrying arms, our team wore bullet-proof jackets and helmets to deal with any eventuality,” said Gehlot. Police seized two country-made pistols, 13 cartridges and two phones from Bali and his aides.