AFTER other methods failed in tracking down Police Sub Inspector (PSI) Pradhyuman Yadav, it was human intelligence in the form of a ‘rival’ of Yadav who played his part in ensuring that the Mumbai Police Special Investigation Team (SIT) finally arrested him. It was a tip off that Yadav was in Gurgaon Police Lines area on Tuesday, along with technical intelligence that led to a team reaching the spot and arresting the PSI.
The SIT has been looking for eight accused including five policemen booked on charges of murder and criminal conspiracy for allegedly gunning down gangster Sandeep Gadoli in a staged encounter in Mumbai on February 7, 2016.
An officer privy to the probe said that there were three teams stationed in Gurgaon, with one present for the last 20 days. The police teams had intelligence that Yadav had been going to his village located over 150 kms away from police lines. “Whenever we raided his place, however, he was not present there. Someone seemed to be tipping him off,” the officer said.
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The police team still kept looking for Yadav who was changing his location constantly to evade arrest. “Eventually, a rival of Yadav, who ‘was unhappy with his brash ways, gave us a tip off about his location. Our team cross verified the intelligence and got a confirmation that he was actually at Gurgaon police lines on Tuesday evening,” the officer said. “This time round, the police team found him at the location and detained him,” the officer said.
A senior IPS officer said, “It was the hard work and patience of our SIT teams camping there that led to the arrest of Yadav. Our team is still there for tracking down the other accused in the case.”
After being produced in a court for custody, Yadav was questioned by a team headed by Investigating Officer Prafful Bhosle. An officer privy to the interrogation said that Yadav maintained his earlier version of events, stating that he had only fired in self-defence. “He also offered to contact the other four policemen absconding in the case and ask them to surrender,” the officer claimed. He added they are hoping that Yadav’s interrogation would lead them to the wanted accused. “We will also be questioning him about any other person involved in the conspiracy,” the officer said.
Meanwhile, the family members of Sandeep Gadoli were happy with the development but said they had been maintaining all along that the accused were holed up at the Gurgaon Police Lines locality. Jyotsna Gulia, younger sister of Gadoli, said, “We have been sharing our suspicions with the police that the accused were holed up at Police Lines but no one listened to us.” An officer with the SIT, however, said that they had been tracking the accused and all of them had run away to their villages. “We could not find anyone at police lines earlier,” the officer added.