Eight persons were arrested on Saturday in connection with the shootout at Qutub Complex in Mehrauli, South Delhi, last Monday. Two vehicles — a Tata Safari and a Skoda — and an automatic pistol used in the crime were recovered from them, police said.
The arrested were identified as Neeraj (31), Arvind Kumar Gupta (30), Karanjit (22), Ravinder Pawar (24), Kamal (30), Jagmohan Sagar (30), Dhrup (28) and Kartik (30). According to police, the eight had fired at members of a rival gang outside the Qutub complex. In the shootout, one Sonu was killed and his associate, Sandeep, injured.
“Eight assailants have been arrested and two luxury vehicles and a pistol used in the crime have been recovered. One Rohit is still at large and police teams are trying to nab him,” DCP (South) Prem Nath said.
During investigation, police got to know that the assailants and the victims knew each other and they had a long-pending money dispute between them. The main accused was identified as Neeraj, who has been previously involved in several criminal cases.
“The officers were asked to develop intelligence in NCR and adjoining states where these men had taken shelter. The teams visited Aligarh, Kanpur, Allahabad, Varanasi, Haridwar, Shimla and Ajmer and questioned several persons related to these men. The teams also raided various hideouts in Delhi and questioned around 50 suspects who gave vital leads on the gang,” Prem Nath said.
“Police teams also raided several hide-outs in Varanasi, Allahabad and Kanpur and arrested the main accused Neeraj and several of his associates. This led to the arrest of the others too.”
During questioning it was found that Neeraj had a dispute with one Narender, an associate of Sonu. In order to settle the dispute, the two gangs had met. During the meeting, Narender allegedly threatened Neeraj of dire consequences. “In retaliation, Neeraj called his associates and planned the attack,” a police officer said.