Notorious gangster Raj Kumar alias Raju Basaudi, wanted in over two dozen murder cases, was arrested from the IGI airport in Delhi after he was extradited from Thailand, officials said Saturday
A team of the Special Task Force of Haryana Police arrested 35-year-old Kumar, after immigration officials were alerted to a lookout circular issued for him.
Kumar, a resident of Basaudi village in Sonipat district, was wanted by police in Haryana, Rajasthan, Punjab, Chandigarh and Delhi and is believed to be linked to the “inter-state criminal gang” led by Lawrence Bishnoi. According to police, the accused was hiding in Thailand, from where he was running his criminal activities.
The STF of the Haryana Police was instrumental in locating him in Bangkok with the help of police there. Kumar was brought to India Saturday morning and he was handed over to the STF by Interpol officials at 4 am at the Indira Gandhi International Airport, an official said.
“We have confirmed the identity of the accused as Raju Basaudi, involved in 29 murders, several robberies, kidnapping and extortion cases in Delhi, Haryana, Punjab and Rajasthan,” said B Satish Balan, DIG of STF Haryana. “We were alerted to his presence by immigration officials around 1.30 am last night, and formally arrested him around 7 am from the airport,” he added.
Police said he ran an extortion gang that targeted people in Haryana, Chandigarh, Punjab and Delhi.
Balan said during interrogation Kumar confessed his involvement in “several cases in four states”.
Kumar was hiding in Thailand since 2017 after a sensational double murder of inmates in the police custody in Jhajjar district, he said.
The Haryana Police had declared a combined reward of Rs 2.5 lakh for information for his arrest. While Sonipat Police and Jhajjar Police had declared rewards of Rs 1 lakh each, Rohtak Police had announced a reward of Rs 50,000.
“His gang would use social media platforms to intimidate their victims, and recently carried out the murder of their rivals at Malot in Punjab and Manimajra in Chandigarh in broad daylight,” said Balan, adding that Kumar is believed to be linked to several dreaded gangsters, including Lawrence Bishnoi, Sampat Nehra, Naresh Sethi, Anil Chippi and Akshay Palra, all of whom are lodged in different prisons for their crimes.
“We are taking the accused into police remand to carry out custodial interrogation, which we hope will give us leads about the whereabouts of one of his accomplices, Kala, who had recently escaped from police custody in Faridabad. We also hope his interrogation will help solve other criminal cases in the area,” said the DIG.
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