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Prime accused posed as an officer,struck fear in neighbourhood

From allegedly taking monthly protection money from local vendors to threatening his neighbours,double-murder suspect Ravi Kapoor did it all — posing as an officer of Delhi Police’s Special Cell,police said today.

Written by Sahim Salim | New Delhi |
March 25, 2009 12:15:18 am

From allegedly taking monthly protection money from local vendors to threatening his neighbours,double-murder suspect Ravi Kapoor did it all — posing as an officer of Delhi Police’s Special Cell,police said today.

Kapoor,the police claim,pulled the trigger on Soumya Vishwanathan last September and is the prime accused in the abduction and murder of Jigisha Ghosh on March 17-18.

His landlord and neighbours in Madangir told Newsline that Kapoor,28,struck fear in the neighbourhood,armed with a police uniform,a pair of handcuffs,three cars,a red revolving beacon,a Bullet motorcycle (with Delhi Police’s logo),wireless sets,and blue numberplates used by IPS officers.

Kapoor’s landlord Joginder Singh said,“Whenever we saw him coming down from his first-floor flat,he would say he was going to Meerut to make some recoveries,or that he had arrested some criminal — we were afraid of him.”

Joginder’s father Charan Singh said,“Often,he was on his cellphone,screaming out what seemed directions to his juniors: ‘Have you taken the handcuffs?’ Or,‘we are going on a very dangerous raid,arm yourself’.”

A vendor at the Madangir market,who claimed to have paid Kapoor ‘hafta’ regularly along with many stall-owners in the market,said,“He kept an identity card that said he was a police officer. We felt threatened for he said he would have our stalls removed unless we paid him protection money.”

One Aman Singh,who stays opposite Kapoor’s house,said the murder suspect did not even shy away from threatening other neighbours. “I organised a party some time back at my house that went on a little later than expected. He barged into my house and said he would get me arrested unless I made sure there was less noise,” Singh said.

Kapoor had moved into the Madangir house (F-1/76) with his wife and six-month-old son on February 1. According to locals,initially he claimed to be a businessman but later let his landlords on the “secret” that he was a Special Cell officer posted in the area. To add weight to these claims,they said,Kapoor parked his cars outside the old police post in Madangir.

Police sources said Kapoor got into criminal activities in 2000,initially acting as a middleman to transport stolen vehicles to a supplier. Later,he started forging papers and selling stolen cars before getting involved in burglaries,car thefts and robberies,sources said.

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