NEW DELHI: Two teenagers who were a part of the entourage that had gone to Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital on March 25 to free Kuldeep Maan alias Fajja have been apprehended by Special Cell of Delhi Police, it is learnt. They had thrown chilli powder at Delhi Armed Police (DAP) personnel escorting Fajja from Tihar Jail to the hospital.
Till now, around 15 men, who had come to free Fajja in a Scorpio having a police sticker, a car and two bikes, have been identified. Of them, two juveniles were caught, one was gunned down and a fourth injured on the spot. The fifth, Ravi Baggasi, is likely to be arrested this week.
Sources said Fajja’s encounter seems only the beginning of a systematic crackdown. Police are not only hunting for the criminals who came to free Fajja, but also other members of the syndicate of gangs, which could become a huge problem for Delhi in the coming days. “The operation has not ended and raids are being conducted in Delhi, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand to nab the gang members,” said a senior officer.
Meanwhile, the race for Fajja’s successor in Jitender Gogi’s gang has begun. Sources say Deepak Boxer and Rohit Moi are the frontrunners for the post. Strict surveillance has been initiated on Gogi’s gang members lodged in Tihar, Rohini and Mandoli jails. In Fajja’s escape plan, Special Cell had stumbled upon the gang’s communication with criminals outside the jail.
“For a gangster to hatch and execute an escape plan from jail, he must have access to communication devices. A plan was afoot to free Fajja two days ago too, but it had to be aborted at the last moment given the high security,” said a source.
Frequent searches are in the offing in jail cells to curb mobile usage, said the source. Police also suspect another escape plan in the making and a watch is being kept on all criminals from these syndicates who have applied for medical treatment in the coming weeks.
Surveillance will also be stepped on “mulaqats” and visits of outsiders and a call may be taken on deferring their physical appearances in court. DAP personnel have been sensitised about taking precautions and increase in security details of high-risk inmates.
Of late, Tihar Jail has been in the news for all the wrong reasons. Be it the plot to kill a Delhi riots accused through mercury poisoning or the Antilia case, questions are being raised on the state of affairs there. While the jail administration claims it is taking measures to maintain order, investigations have been throwing up Tihar links in many cases. Easy availability of phones are another cause for concern.