Five years, three cities, a new identity and finally an arrest.
On Monday, Delhi Police said they arrested a 25-year-old man from Meerut in Uttar Pradesh who had been on the run since he was granted bail after he, along with three others, was accused of killing a friend crushing his head. with a stone, before cutting it and setting the body on fire at Yamuna Khadar in Khajoori, northeast Delhi, in 2017.
Mohammad Samir was working as a porter in Meerut when he was arrested last week by the Shahdara district police.
DCP (Shahdara) Rohit Meena said, “He absconded after getting bail and since then he has been moving from one place to another. First, he went to Chandpur village in Bijnor of UP, then moved to Loni near Ghaziabad and finally to Noor Nagar in Meerut.”
The DCP said Samir also changed his name to Mustafa. He tried to change his appearance by growing a beard and maintained a low profile, the DCP said. In July this year, Samir alias Mustafa got married.
Police said Samir, his brother Mohammad Adil and their friends Sudhir Kumar and Dinesh Kumar allegedly killed Rajesh (a common friend, known by one name) on January 29, 2017, as the victim had raised objections to the accused Sudhir was allegedly in a relationship. with his wife.
DCP Meena said, “The victim had altercations with Sudhir and used to scold his wife for being close to him. Sudhir decided to kill Rajesh because he was the only obstacle in their relationship. Sudhir conspired with his friends to kill Rajesh. They invited Rajesh near Khajoori flyover for drinks. When Rajesh was very drunk, the four dragged him to the Yamuna Khadar area and smashed his head and face with stones. After Rajesh died, they cut off his head and set his torso on fire.”
The victim and the four accused were working in private companies in Delhi at the time. A week after the crime was committed, they were all arrested.
Samir got bail in the case, but absconded. The court declared him a “proclaimed offender.” A team from Geeta Colony police station, dedicated to nabbing proclaimed criminals, tracked him to Noor Nagar in Meerut after speaking to “the man who gave Samir’s bail in the court”. Meena said: “That person gave a phone number which was put under surveillance, which led to Samir’s arrest. He was in Meerut for about two years and used to drive an electric rickshaw before he started working as a labourer.”