Delhi Police arrests wanted criminal, arms seized

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New Delhi, Jan 12 (PTI) The Delhi Police has arrested a wanted criminal who allegedly killed a rival gang member in a shootout in the posh Gomti Nagar area of Uttar Pradesh last week, officials said on Tuesday.

The accused has been identified as Kanhaiya Vishwakarma alias Girdhari, a resident of Varanasi district of UP, they said.

One 9 mm pistol and a live cartridge were seized from his possession, police said.

On Monday, the special staff of Outer North district of the Delhi Police got a tip-off regarding a suspicious person having weapon in Rohini Sector 11. Thereafter, a team was formed and the accused was apprehended, a senior police officer said.

Interrogation revealed that on January 6, he killed one Ajit Singh of the rival gang member in Lucknow, police said.

Ajit, 39, who was a notorious criminal of Mau district having 17 cases against him, and his associate Mohar Singh, were travelling in an SUV when three motorcycle-borne assailants opened fire at them.

After killing Ajit, Girdhari reached Delhi on Monday and was later arrested, police said.

Police said a reward of Rs one lakh was declared on his arrest in a 2019 case where he killed one Ritesh in Varanasi.

Over 20 cases have been registered against him. The first case registered against him in 2001 was of robbery, they added.