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Bawana spent Rs 1 crore to fund Shokeen’s poll campaign: Police

The 2,334-page chargesheet alleges that Bawana “distributed” over Rs 20 lakh among the voters just a day before polling.

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Neeraj Bawana (in black shirt) was recently involved in a jail van attack. (Source: Express photo)

Gangster Neeraj Bawana spent over Rs 1 crore in the December 2013 Assembly elections to fund his uncle, former legislator Rambeer Shokeen’s campaign and to “disrupt and influence” the electoral process, in which his aunt Rita Singh was contesting, a chargesheet by Delhi Police’s Special Cell alleges. It also alleges that Shokeen is the “political face” of the crime syndicate run by Bawana.

The 2,334-page chargesheet alleges that Bawana “distributed” over Rs 20 lakh among the voters just a day before polling. “During the Assembly elections, in which his aunt was contesting, musclemen were roped in to disrupt and influence the electoral process,” the chargesheet says.

The chargesheet further alleges that Bawana was planning to establish a base abroad, in Singapore or Thailand. He would travel in and out of India on “fictious identities” to run his crime syndicate, the chargesheet alleges.

Bawana and nine others, including Shokeen, were on Thursday chargesheeted in the Special MCOCA court with the prosecution accusing them of running an organised crime syndicate and being involved in several “heinous crimes on a continuous basis” in the Delhi-NCR region.

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The chargesheet alleges that Shokeen, now a proclaimed offender, is the “political face of the syndicate”. The Special Cell alleged Shokeen “shrewdly” used the muscle power of the syndicate “in advancing his political ambition” and stayed in “good hotels” while enjoying a “lavish lifestyle”. It alleged that Shokeen was involved in “disposal of robbed police weapons” and in supplying money for the “absconding members of the syndicate”.

“Shokeen is involved in gruesome crimes on behalf of the syndicate as a background conspirator… the expenses for purchasing arms and ammunition, travelling (of Shokeen) were incurred out of extortion money collected from the businessmen and settlement of property disputes,” the chargesheet says.

The chargesheet alleges that 35 “sophisticated weapons” and 17 vehicles recovered from Bawana’s crime syndicate were worth “millions”. “The activities of Bawana and other members of the organised crime is squarely covered under the definition of ‘continuing unlawful activities’, organised crime and organised crime syndicate, as is defined in MCOCA Act,” the chargesheet says.

Meanwhile, the chargesheet also mentions the murder of his rival gang members, Vikram and Pradeep, that took place inside a jail van en route from Rohini court to Tihar.

“This gruesome murder crime has been committed by this gangster (Bawana) after being arrested in the instant case,” the chargesheet says. The charge sheet names 23 FIRs which mentions the involvement of Bawana.