Man Walking….. !
By Maxwell Pereira
Satender and Virendar on the Shahdara police station motor-cycle
patrol could not believe their eyes when alerted by the PCR van
Baker-3. Just a while ago they had covered this lane leading to
Maujpur behind Ambedkar College, and not found anything untoward.
But now the PCR staff had found this body staring them in the
face from out of the blue. Obviously dumped there clandestinely,
it had rope ligature marks on the neck. It was the night of April
usual formalities - an investigation officer from the police station,
spot inspection, informing senior officers, looking for clues
by the crime team, the dog squad trying to pick up possible scent,
and local enquiries - all ensured as a matter of routine and meticulously,
to precision. The police find nothing to go by; but a tailor mark
on the victim's trouser: "RL Tailors, Kailash Nagar".
At Kailash Nagar, tailor Rajit Lal identifies the pant he stitched,
but not the wearer. The police make enquiries locally, and find
a labourer who remembers having seen a person wearing that particular
trouser; he leads them to a house nearby; which in fact, turns
out to be the very house of the victim, now identified as Maharajdeen
Yadav. A lucky break!
at the house leads to information that Maharajdeen with friend
Mohender of the same locality had left on 13th morning for Mohender's
shop in Chandni Chowk. Having not returned since, a missing report
was also lodged at the Gandhi Nagar Police station the same evening.
Apparently Maharajdeen often kept company with Mohender.
Mahender's employees revealed that both had left Chandni Chowk
in a TSR for some business, but did not return. A person had later
come to the shop with Mohendar's keys though, to collect a packet
of money from the almirah; ostensibly at Mohender's behest. Believing
him, Prem Singh the shop assistant had allowed him to access the
almirah and take the packet which had Rs.90,000/- in cash.
enquiries, including technical scrutiny of Mohinder's cellphone
records, lead to Virendar, among others, who had made calls to
Mohinder's mobile. No time was lost in getting Virender - who
eventually named another Rajender, a resident of Nishant Vihar,
of Loni, Ghaziabad, UP. Tactful interrogation leads to initial
disclosures indicting Rajender's hand in the killing of Mahender
for the money in the almirah at the shop.
together bit by bit the police learn that both Mohender and Maharajdeen
had been lured from Lal Qila in Virender's TSR to Rajender's at
Loni in Ghaziabad on the pretext of a business deal. Three more
people (later identified as Jahan Singh, Ramesh and Vinita) had
joined them there and given effect to their plan. Maharajdeen
and Mahender were given drugged cold drinks and strangled when
unconscious. Mahender was taken in the TSR to Chilla Village in
the area of PS New Ashok Nagar and dumped in the canal.
body was then similarly taken from Loni in the same TSR. The Loni
police picket stops them for checking, but they manage to escape
attention by accomplice Vinita posing as a distressed wife rushing
an ill husband (Maharajdeen) to hospital. Once past the police
picket, they manage to get rid of the body behind Ambedkar College.
Police make efforts to locate Mahender's body, which proved to
be a herculean task. It could be recovered only on April 20 after
colossal effort, and the assistance from the staff of the Flood
Control Department who tracked it down to the sluice gates in
the catchments down stream the Yamuna river in the jurisdiction
of New Friends Colony.
along and despite efforts, Rajender evades the police dragnet
spread out for his apprehension. So Virender's story believed
by the police as true, is the one by which actions had to proceed.
But Virender perhaps had not bargained for police thoroughness
and efficiency in the expected follow up. While investigations
had continued to locate and recover Mohender's body, simultaneous
verification of antecedents of each of the dramatis personae involved
and counter-checking of information provided, was on.
police party that visited Kannoj to verify TSR driver Virender's
antecedents were in for a surprise. Virender's fingerprints which
they had carried along were found to be those of a deceased person
on police records - "Teja Singh" @ Teja, a notorious
criminal and history-sheeter of PS Saurikh, District Kannoj, UP.
Records revealed that this man who had served in the Indian Army
was dismissed from the Jat Regiment, and involved in 19 cases
of robbery, murder and attempts to murder, kidnappings and riot,
cases under the Gunda Act, Arms Act, the Gangsters Act and other
miscellaneous offences committed in Utter Pradesh.
to a good piece of police investigation - the whole chain of events
linked together and the plot unravelled from a single clue of
a tailor mark that triggered the memory of a common labourer -
unearthed not only the diabolical conspiracy leading to the commission
of a double murder in which the victims' bodies were disposed
off in totally unconnected places, …it also set off a chain
of links that ultimately led to the resurrection of a dreaded
'dead' fugitive criminal, to bring him back into the clutches
of the long arms of the law. Indeed a fascinating tale of yeoman
service to the community rendered by a dedicated set of officers
and men of Delhi Police.
words: 04.05.2004: Copy Right © Maxwell Pereira: 3725 Sec-23,
Gurgaon-122002. You can interact with the author at http://
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