UP don on the run for 12 years held in Mumbai

LUCKNOW: A hardened criminal who wriggled out of UP Police’s dragnet 12 years ago and was on the run since then, was nabbed by Ahmedabad crime branch late Tuesday from Mumbai. The fugitive, Manish Singh, was a member of the dreaded Subhash Singh Thakur gang with criminal records in Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat and Maharashtra. Better known as Raju alias Chhotu in the Mumbai underworld, he carried a bounty of Rs 50,000. In 2009, he escaped from UP police custody while being taken to court and fled to Mumbai, where he expanded his criminal activity.
Ahmedabad deputy commissioner of police, crime, Chaitanya Ravindra Mandalik, told TOI it took 20 days to zero in and ambush Manish Singh in his den after a definite tip-off. A Gujarat crime branch team disguised as watchmen and sweepers infiltrated the staff deployed at Rashmi Garden at Evershine City, Vasai, where Singh resided. They worked in three shifts to keeping vigil, while not raising suspicion.
“Singh had a well-oiled network and would flee within minutes of getting a whiff of police movement. This time we were determined. So, we trained select cops for several weeks to work in disguise, before dispatching the team to Vasai. On September 28, Manish came out of his apartment for a stroll and was immediately nabbed,” the officer said.
Manish had unleashed his terror run in Varanasi in 2007, when he opened 12 rounds of fire on two persons, Munnagiri and Brajesh Mishra, in Janasha Bazaar. Months later, he shot a hotel management institute owner, RK Singh, 40, in Bhelupura. “In 2012, he committed two crimes on a single day. First, he and his aide, Deepak Dubey, shot at a Sigra-based hotelier Ashok Talreja and then gunned down a hardware businessman, Harinath Patel in Raja Talaab Bazaar after he refused to cough up Rs 25lakh extortion money,” said the officer. In 2015, Singh shot at Dr Ashok Rai, owner of a private hospital in Varanasi after he too refused to pay extortion money of Rs 50 lakh, said Mandalik.
After he dug in his heels in Mumbai, Manish began targeting bar owners in Santacruz and Vakolo. His name cropped up during interrogation of Kamal Singh alias Sonu, who was arrested with a pistol by Ahmedabad Crime Branch in 2014. And Manish became a ‘most wanted’ for Gujarat police after it was unearthed that he provided guns and ammunition to the Parmar gang, which shot Bharatinsh Vala and Ranchhod Kevadia Patel in Botad district.

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