New Delhi: Gangster Kapil Sangwan alias Nandu, who operates his own gang in Najafgarh and adjoining areas, and is charged with cases of murder and extortion, is suspected to have fled the country.
Sangwan may have acquired a fake passport from Uttar Pradesh’s Bareilly after submitting forged documents and escaped to Dubai via Thailand, Indian Express reported.
With a reward of Rs 2 lakh for his arrest, Kapil is under the radar of multiple special cell and crime branch teams, and wanted under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA).
In 2016, Sangwan was arrested by the Rajasthan Police from Fagi village near Jaipur. He was later granted one-month parole starting June 24, 2019, upon his request for some important personal work, the Times of India had reported.
Following this, his gang members had thrown a party at a farmhouse in Najafgarh, where criminals from other parts of the capital were also invited. But, before his arrival, a crime branch team came and arrested at least 22 gangsters, including Kapil’s close aides Vineet and Vicky Dagar, who also have multiple cases of attempt to murder, murder and extortion registered against them.
According to reports, Sangwan went underground even after his parole ended.
Sangwan’s gang gained notoriety last year, said reports, as they were involved in all gang-related activities in and around southwest and outer Delhi. They were also allegedly planning to eliminate members of rival Manjit Mahal’s gang.
The ‘Nandu’ gang members were reportedly involved in the killing of TikTok celebrity Mohit Mor in Najafgarh in May last year. One of the gang members, Giri Raj Tomar, was also associated with the shooting of a 30-year-old woman in Dwarka sector-12, last year. He had jumped parole in January 2019.
On July 31, the Delhi Police arrested Kapil’s brother, Jyoti Sangwan, from Surat in Gujarat. Jyoti had been absconding since August 2019 after jumping a parole granted by a Haryana court.
“Months after Jyoti’s arrest, police found that Kapil had made a fake passport from Bareilly. He even went to the local police station for document verification. On the basis of their investigation findings, an FIR was registered by the counter intelligence unit. They found during their investigation that Kapil first went to Thailand and later to Dubai,” an officer said.
As per reports, police found that Sangwan paid Rs 4.5 lakh to a local agent for a passport. He had also asked his brother Jyoti and an associate, Dhiren Kariya, a Junagadh resident, to make their passports as well.
Kariya not only faces multiple criminal cases against him, but he had last year filed a nomination for the Junagadh Lok Sabha seat as an independent candidate, reports said.
“Jyoti and Kariya had also made passports from forged documents. They were planning to leave the country, but had to change their plan due to the pandemic. Delhi Police informed Bareilly Police about the lapses, asking to take departmental action against those responsible,” a police officer told the Indian Express.
While a look-out circular has been issued against Sangwan, the police have prepared the chargesheet against Jyoti and Kariya and are expected to file it soon before a Delhi court.