Rakesh Kumar, the man who was the target of a brazen attack by four gunmen in Gurgaon on Wednesday, faces an array of criminal charges, ranging from trespassing, assault, extortion and murder. He has been booked in 16 cases in the last 11 years.
“Of these 16 cases, Kumar has been acquitted in five cases. Trials in the other 11 cases are going on,” said Rakesh Kumar Chechi, ACP (Crime).
Kumar is the reason many villagers have fled Hayatpur, his native village, claims a resident.
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“As he grew older, so did the scale of his operations. He had nearly 30 men working for him. He soon started buying land in Hayatpur. Soon, he was buying houses in Gurgaon,” he said.
A few years ago, he was accused of forging documents to procure a piece land in Bhangrola village, on which he later built a hotel.
“Rakesh Kumar ‘Hayatpuria’ is a name that even children know, but for all the wrong reasons. Kumar and my son Rakesh used to study together. They grew up together. But Kumar deviated and I pulled Rakesh out of his bad company,” said Shiv Narayan, father of Rakesh Yadav, the 24-year-old sarpanch who was allegedly shot by Kumar in June 2011.
Six months later, Kumar allegedly tried to kill Shiv Narayan, but the latter managed to escape. Since then, Gurgaon police have deployed two policemen to provide round-the-clock protection for Shiv Narayan.
“He wanted us to take the case back. He killed my young son when his daughter was two years old and his wife was three months pregnant. He has become the mafia of Hayatpur,” alleged Shiv Narayan.
Kumar was booked in the murder case and later released on bail.