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‘Kanwariya’ arrested for Delhi car vandalism, was earlier in jail for theft

The Hush Post: A 26-year-old ‘kanwariya’ with a criminal past was arrested on Thursday, after his role in attacking and destroying a car in Delhi’s Moti Nagar area on Tuesday was ascertained by the police through CCTV footage.

Rahul alias Billa, a resident of west Delhi’s Uttam Nagar is uneducated and unemployed. “He was out on bail in a theft case registered in 2014. He had spent six-seven months in jail back then,” said the DCP. “When we checked the dossier of criminals available with us, we found Rahul’s name in it,” said the officer. A police team finally arrested Rahul around 6.30 pm on Thursday. The DCP said Rahul had no idea about the news circulating in the social media and in TV channels about the crime and did not know that the police were looking for him. 

Moti Nagar police registered a suo motu case of wrongful restraint and mischief causing damage. Since both the offences are bailable, police added an Indian Penal Code section pertaining to rioting. “Rahul has been arrested for rioting which is a non-bailable offence,” Kumar said.

Rahul was tracked by the police after CCTV footage and entries made by him in registers were scanned at several ‘kanwariya’ camps along the route helped the police identify Rahul. Officers said CCTV footage has helped them zero down on at least three other suspects.

“He had collected Ganga water from Haridwar and was headed home when he joined other ‘kanwariyas’ to vandalise the car. He was clearly caught on camera using a stick to smash the car,” said the DCP.

The police had earlier attributed the initial delay in registering a case to the pending enquiry and the unwillingness of the victims to lodge a complaint. On Tuesday, he and other ‘kanwariyas’ had damaged a car in Moti Nagar after the woman car driver on the wheels allegedly brushed past one of the ‘kanwariyas’. The incident which was captured on camera showed the culprits attacking the car with sticks, smashing its windscreens and windows before toppling it upside down on the road.

 

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