2 gangsters wanted in Radhe Sweets ransom case held

GURUGRAM: Gangsters Sandeep Duma (28) and Praveen Kala (28), who were wanted in the ransom case involving Farrukhnagar’s Radhe Sweets, were on Monday. Several heinous cases, such as of loot, robbery, murder and attempt to murder, are also registered against them in Haryana and UP. Sandeep is a resident of Duma village, while Praveen is a resident of Judoula village, both in Farrukhnagar, Gurugram.
Acting on a tip-off, a team of the Bilaspur crime branch arrested the duo from Farrukhnagar on Sunday, produced them before court on Monday and took them for three-days of police remand. During interrogation, the gangsters revealed they were going through a financial crisis when they decided to extort money from the owner of Radhe Sweets. To instil fear in the sweetmeat shop owner, they first fired at the shop and then made the extortion call.

They admitted to have committed 13 crimes, including attempts to murder, murder, robbery, snatching, and have, in past, been behind bars on several occasions in connection with their criminal activities. “We’ll question them to recover the weapon used in the crime,” said DCP (crime) Sumit Kuhar, adding they developed s with other gangsters during their stint in jail.

Earlier on May 6, Gurugram police arrested four members of the “Duma gang” — Rahul, Vijay alias Pankaj and Munnu — all from Meerut in , and Paramjeet, a resident of Judola, Gurugram, for allegedly demanding Rs 50 lakh from a Farrukhnagar businessman as extortion money.

“Since their arrest, we were hot on Duma’s trail. We managed to arrest him along with his aide Kala,” said a police officer.

On April 25, Radheshyam, the owner of Radhe Sweets in Farrukhnagar, had filed a complaint with police that he had received a call from an unidentified number, with the caller identifying himself as Duma-resident Sandeep, demanding Rs 50 lakh. He added that some unidentified men had opened fired on his eatery on April 17. An FIR under sections 387 (extortion) and 506 (criminal intimidation) was registered at Farrukhnagar police station, and Radheshyam and his family provided police protection. It led to the May 6 arrests, and of Sunday.

Duma committed his first crime — theft in a neighbour’s house — in 2009, and landed in jail, where he met many gangsters. Three months later, when he was released, he started his own gang. With the help of childhood friend Kala, he soon formed his gang and started with snatching and robberies, slowly graduating to more heinous crimes. “Every time he called his target for extortion, he would refer to his previous crime, to instil fear among his targets, so that they quickly acquiesced,” said an officer, adding the gang was active in Farrukhnagar and Pataudi.

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