Tattoo Artist along with three associates arrested for hatching conspiracy and attempting to kill brother of ex- wife for retaining custody of child

With the arrest of four accused persons namely Vishal aged 32 years, Ramdev aged 25 years, Akshay aged 25 year and Guddu Kumar 23 years the staff of Police station Patel Nagar and Special Staff/Central Distt. has cracked East Patel Nagar shoot out case and recovered two country made pistols, three spare magazines, 18 live cartridges, one KDM Duke motor cycle and one Maruti Swift Dzire car used in commission of crime, international SIM cards, mobile phones and other belongings seized. The accused are also wanted in two case of attempt to murder of PS Mangolpuri, Delhi.

INCIDENT:

In the evening of 10.07.2020 a PCR Call was received at PS Patel Nagar, Delhi from B L Kapoor Hospital that one Lakshya Nagpal, aged 40 years admitted at B. L. Kapoor Hospital by his brother Kapil Nagpal after receiving gunshot injury near HDFC Bank, East Patel Nagar. Immediately on receipt of the said PCR Call, SHO Patel Nagar, Delhi rushed to B.L. Kapoor Hospital with his staff. It was revealed that the injured Sh. Lakshya Nagpal is a property dealer. In the evening he had gone to East Patel Nagar Market, where one of his relative Jogender Malhotra runs an office of property dealer in the name of M/s Swarn Properties. Sh. Jogender Malhotra had told him that there was no work in property line and as such there was no utility of paying office rental. He had requested Lakshya to shift the office furniture to his house for the time being so as to vacate the office. Accordingly, Lakshya had gone to his office and got vacated the office furniture, loaded the same in an E-Rikshaw and coming back to his home. At about 05:45 PM when Lakshya was crossing through HDFC Bank, East Patel Nagar, two bike borne assailants came from back side and the pillion rider shot gun fire on his right thigh and fled away towards Patel Hospital. The driver of bike was wearing Helmet, whereas the alleged shooter pillion rider covered his face after firing upon him but Lakshay could see a look of the shooter. The injured Lakshya suspected involvement of Ex-husband of his sister, namely Vishal Sharma, who had divorced his sister few months back and had recently threatened to shoot him through a common contact. Subsequently, FIR on 10.07.2020 under section 307/506/34 IPC was registered at PS Patel Nagar, Delhi in this regard and investigation taken up.

TEAM:

Since the day light shootout happened in posh locality of East Patel Nagar causing panic in the locality, a joint team of PS Patel Nagar and Special Staff Central District was constituted comprising of SHO Patel Nagar, Inspr. Ramesh Lamba and his subordinate staff SI Sohan Lal, SI Kamal, SI Ravindra Kumar, SI Manoj, PSI Sandeep, PSI Neeraj, HC Mahesh, HC Ram Hari, Ct. Rohit, Ct. Jasbir, Ct. Umed, W/Ct. Sunita and other staff under the supervision of Sh. Piyush Jain, ACP Patel Nagar and team of Special Staff led by Inspr. Lalit Kumar comprising of ASI Yogender, ASI Baljeet, HC Rakesh, HC Sunil, HC Santosh, HC Vinod, Ct. Sandeep and Ct. Amit under the supervision of Sh. O. P. Lekhwal, ACP/Operations to investigate the case and apprehend the accused persons.

INVESTIGATION:

The joint team so constituted scanned all the CCTV Cameras from East Patel Nagar Market to Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel Hospital covering the stretch of almost 500 meter. The scanning of CCTV Cameras resulted in fruitful achievement and CCTV footage was found in which alleged assailants were seen fleeing on their bike and the injured walking down to his residence after receiving gunshot injury. Technical surveillance was mounted and CDRs of suspect mobile numbers were analyzed. On the basis of technical surveillance raid was conducted at the house of accused Vishal Sharma in Prem Nagar-III, Kirari Suleman but he was absconding. It was learnt that the suspect Vishal Sharma was using PNB ATM Card of the account of his mother. The scrutiny of the bank statement revealed that the ATM was being used regularly at different locations in the South-West, West and Outer Delhi, prior to May, 2020. In June, 2020 the ATM card was used in Central District for withdrawal of cash at Jhandewalan, Paharganj and also used for making payments for fuel at a Petrol Pump on Pusa Road. This movement of suspect Vishal in Central District in last one month confirmed his involvement in the crime as suspected by the injured. The account statement also revealed that immediately after incident on 10.07.2020, ATM cash withdrawals were made at Murthal, Distt. Sonepat, Haryana leading to suspicion of escape of assailants to Haryana and Punjab after commission of crime. During investigation and technical surveillance, it was also revealed that prime suspect Vishal had stayed at Shefali Guest House in Paharganj with his associates Akshay on 02.07.2020 and one local criminal, namely Ramdev of Paharganj had also visited them in the guest house. The said Ramdev was seen wearing the similar shoes as of the pillion rider of shootout incident. They vacated the room in intervening night of 2/3.07.2020.

APPREHENSION :

Raids were conducted in Uttam Nagar, Delhi and house of suspect Akshay was located by the team in Om Vihar. One KTM duke bike was seen in the parking of ground floor of the house of Akshay, which had similar appearance to the bike used in the incident. On the intervening night of 13/14 July, 2020 Akshay with his associate Guddu Kumar in a Maruti Dzire Taxi Car bearing No. DL 1ZB 3561 were apprehended. The personal search of accused Akshay led to recovery of one country made Pistol of 7.65 mm bore containing 4 live rounds in its magazine. Besides, two spare magazines also recovered from his jeans pant, each containing two live rounds of same bore. The search of Swift Dzire Car led to recovery of one Black colour Helmet having silver coated design, which was similar to the suspect driving bike used in the incident. Some toll plaza payment slips were also recovered which revealed that the dzire car had gone to Haryana and Punjab in the night of 10/11 July, 2020 i.e. after commission of crime. These toll plaza slips corroborated the locations of ATM withdrawal by accused Vishal Sharma at Murthal around midnight of 10/11 July, 2020 and then further travelling to Haryana and Punjab. Sustained interrogation of accused Akshay and Guddu Kumar revealed that both were involved in the shootout. Accused Akshay and Guddu Kumar also confessed that the KTM duke bike bearing registration No. DL 14SC 0361 was purchased by them from a Nizamuddin based dealer contacted through OLX on the same day of shootout for commission of crime.

Further interrogation of both Akshay and Guddu Kumar revealed that prime suspect Vishal and the shooter Ramdev were staying in a Hotel in Sector 9, Dwarka. As such immediately raid was conducted at Hotel Royal Orbit, Sector 9, Dwarka, where accused Vishal and his associate Ramdev and female friend of Vishal namely Tashi Soni were found present. Being apprehensive of carrying weapon, immediate search of both suspect taken in which one country made pistol of 7.65 mm bore was recovered from possession of accused Ramdev containing four live rounds. Search of accused Vishal also recovered two spare magazines, one containing three live rounds and the other two with same bore of 7.65 mm. Interrogation of both suspect and confrontation with accused Akshay and Guddu Kumar led them to reveal the conspiracy and their involvement in the shootout. Mobile phones of all the four accused persons were also seized, which were used by them at the time of commission of crime.

CONSPIRACY OF SHOOTOUT :

Interrogation of arrested accused persons revealed that accused Vishal was doing business of modelling, tattooing and gold jewellery export. He came in contact with Ms Saloni, sister of injured Lakshay and both married around five years back, one daughter aged 4 years was born out of this wedlock. Their marriage came to an end as they divorced in September, 2019. However, after divorce Vishal became frustrated as he was upkeeping their daughter and as per him, Saloni wanted to snatched their daughter from him. As such he lends to kill Saloni. In order to execute the conspiracy, he came in contact with accused Ramdev through Chhenu, a Jail contact lodged in Rohini Jail, who introduced him to Akshay. Accused Vishal spent money on them to take them in confidence and engaged them in the conspiracy to eliminate Saloni. In the sequence taxi driver Guddu also came in contact with him through Ramdev. Vishal spent money on them for drinking, travelling etc. In the meantime, Vishal also disclosed his broken relationship with Saloni before them while drinking whisky and attracted their sympathy and consent to eliminate Saloni. When Vishal did not get the mobile number and whereabouts of Saloni he hatched conspiracy to shoot brother of Saloni so as to frighten Saloni to come out. In order to execute this plan accused Vishal receed the residence of Nagpal family in East Patel Nagar in Maruti Dzire Car of Guddu on two days prior to shootout and got the elder brother Lakshay Nagpal identified to his three associates i.e. Ramdev, Akshay and Guddu. Accused Vishal paid money to Akshay and Guddu to purchase a bike to execute shootout at brothers of Saloni. As such, Akshay and Guddu searched OLX to buy a second hand bike.

Accordingly, on the day of shootout accused Ramdev and Akshay went to Nizamuddin to purchase the KTM duke bike offered on OLX. They purchased the same from the seller for Rs. 57,000/- by making cash payment. There after they came to East Patel Nagar to execute the shootout plan on Lakshay Nagpal as identified by Vishal to them. They reached East Patel Nagar at about 4:00 PM, where they kept waiting near Sardar Patel Hospital. Accused Guddu Kumar parked his Maruti Dzire car near B L Kapoor Hospital to facilitate safe escape after commission of shootout. They receed the area around 05:45 pm, the target i.e. Lakshay Nagpal was seen coming from East Patel Nagar Market to his home while walking followed by an E-Rikshaw carrying office furniture. Immediately they took U-turn and then Ramdev fired upon Lakshay on his leg, the bullet hit on right thigh. Accused Akshay was riding the bike wearing helmet and Ramdev was pillion rider carrying a white muffler to covering his face. After firing on Lakshay, both assailants fled from the spot and joined Guddu at BLK from where they reached Dhaula Kuan, where Vishal was waiting with his girl friend Tashi Soni. Ramdev went back home, whereas Vishal alongwith Tashi Soni and Akshay escaped to Punjab in Dzire Car of Guddu. They visited Jalandhar, where they made prayer at a Dargah in Nakodar. Thereafter they came back in the evening of 11.07.2020. Accused Vishal used to make whatsapp call from international number in order to avoid his location from investigating agency. Finally all the four arrested for hatching conspiracy of shootout. Accused Ramdev disclosed that the pistol seized from his possession was used to shootout Lakshay Nagpal. Even the shoes, Adidas lower and his white muffler used at the time of commission of offence seized.
Ms Tashi was arrested u/s 41.1(b) CrPC for her involvement in two cases and information was given to PS Mangol Puri.

RECOVERY:

1) Two country made pistols along with magazines.
2) Three separate magazines.
3) Eighteen live cartridges.
4) One KDM Duke motor cycle.
5) One Maruti Dzire car.
6) One Helmet.
7) Clothes wearing commit crime.
8) Mobile phones
9) International SIM cards

PREVIOUS INVOLVEMENTS OF ACCUSED VISHAL :

1. FIR dated 20.05.2020 u/s 307/452/34 IPC r/w 25/27 Arms Act, PS Mangol Puri, Delhi
2. FIR dated 27.06.2020 u/s 25/27 Arms Act , PS Mangol Puri, Delhi.

PREVIOUS INVOVEMENT OF ACCUSED RAMDEV:

1. FIR u/s 25/54/59 Arms Act r/w 279 IPC and 3/181 MV Act, PS Karol Bagh Delhi

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