The Crime Branch on Friday arrested Anil Pehalwan, a man on Delhi Police’s ‘Most Wanted’ list, after a brief shootout in Dwarka, Southwest Delhi.
Pehalwan, police said, was one of the top three gangsters in Delhi-NCR and carried a reward of Rs 1 lakh for his arrest in Delhi. Uttar Pradesh and the Haryana police too had declared a reward of Rs 50,000 for his arrest. Pehalwan, an alumni of Motilal Nehru College, has participated in several state and national-level weightlifting competitions, before turning to crime, police said.
Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Ravindra Yadav said his team received a tip-off that Pehalwan would be coming to Dwarka on Friday to meet an associate. “So we laid a trap to arrest him. He came in a white Scorpio. Our officers signalled him to stop but he sped off. We intercepted him on Radha Soami Road, near Pochan Pur in Dwarka, but he took out his pistol and fired two shots at the police party. We returned the fire and managed to overpower him,” Yadav said.
A .32 pistol and 3 cartridges were seized from him. Police said Pehalwan was arrested in 2010 in a murder case, but he jumped bail and was declared a proclaimed offender. Police recently registered a case of extortion against Pehalwan based on complaint by a Southwest Delhi businessman, who alleged that Pehalwan had demanded Rs 50 lakh from him.
During questioning, Pehalwan told police that he recently returned to the country after staying in Nepal and Gangtok. Police said he fled the country after murdering a Haryana police inspector last year.
Police said Pehalwan has been involved in four cases of murder and has three FIRs of kidnapping for ransom against him, police said.
In 2011, he allegedly kidnapped a student and claimed a ransom of Rs 35 lakh from the student’s family. Later, he allegedly abducted a PDM University Professor and was paid Rs 20 lakh ransom. The same year, the gang extracted Rs 1 crore from a Prashant Vihar businessman for the release of his son.