Even after identifying most of the accused in the MG Road shooting case, police are yet to arrest them. They have also not been able to nab the shooters who carried out the attack on gangster Rakesh Hayatpur on July 15, despite setting themselves a 48-hour deadline.
Police commissioner Navdeep Singh Virk told TOI on Monday that they have been able to identify most of the suspects, but not the shooters. “Most of the suspects in the case have been identified, but some of them are still absconding. However, we are yet to identify the shooters. Our teams are conducting raids at several places to nab the accused and they will be arrested soon,” he said.
TOI has already identified five suspects in the case – gangster Sandeep alias Dabbu, who is currently lodged in Bhondsi jail and is believed to have hatched the plot to eliminate Rakesh; his maternal uncle Narender, the main accused in the case who had an old enmity with Rakesh over a property dispute; Kapil, who was arrested for possession of illegal arms a day before the shooting; a man called Hardeep; and Bishambar, accused of arranging the arms for the attack.
Except for Dabbu and Kapil – who are in jail custody and have been questioned by cops in connection with the case – the three other accused are all absconding.
Kapil was sent back to jail after his two days in police custody ended on Monday.
Police are now trying to get Dabbu in their custody on production warrant to interrogate him again, sources said.
Sources also said that Narender was a jawan in Indian Army and is now in property business and Kapil was his associate.
Hayatpur – an accused in over 18 cases of murder, dacoity, robbery, rioting and extortion – and his driver, came under attack as soon as they came out in an SUV from Beverly Park I on MG Road. He however, survived the attack though his driver was injured.