“On February 10, Abbas met Ahmed’s sister-in-law and fell in love with her. In order to be close to her, he befriended Ahmed and left his job at a bakery to join the gang. The woman was married and her husband too was a part of the gang,” said a police officer investigating the case.
In a recent crime review meeting, Patnaik is also learnt to have taken a stern view of police “failure” in two particular incidents — one from Mandoli Chowk and another from Dwarka, where a gang war-related firing was witnessed in broad daylight.
According to police, Ahmed is the kingpin of the gang that committed a slew of gunpoint robberies in New Friends Colony, Model Town, Patel Nagar and Pandav Nagar in the past month. While two of his associates have been arrested, Ahmed and three others are absconding.
CCTV footage collected from Patel Nagar, Model Town, New Friends Colony, Pandav Nagar and Adarsh Nagar corroborates this, and shows two of the men with their faces covered with a cloth, and the third wearing a helmet.
For the last three days, Sharma had been on leave, and was planning to go out of station when he received a call from Gehlot’s relative on Wednesday morning. The relative informed him that Gehlot called his mother on Tuesday and told her that he was admitted in a hospital.
According to police, footage from near the home of Vishnu Mathur (80) and his wife Shashi Mathur (75) shows two people of the same build as the detained suspects arriving at their home around 11 pm Saturday and leaving around 2 am on a motorcycle.
Records show that the Minister appointed his former aide after he had been arrested in a forgery case; praised him, recommended him for a position in a UP BJP trade body and even asked for action against police officers who had once booked the aide for alleged cheating and forgery.
According to police, the prisoner, Salman alias Daant Tuta, a resident of Bhajanpura, is a class VI dropout. Police said he was involved in snatching incidents in Hyderabad, and avoided detection by travelling in flights.