Bawana killed rival, Shokeen got cars, men

NEW DELHI: Interrogation of gangster Sunil Rathi has revealed that he had conspired with Neeraj Bawana to free Amit Bhura in order to eliminate his rival Cheenu Pandit. The successful operation had earned Bawana a fleet of cars and armed men which were used to help his uncle Rambir Shokeen during the 2015 polls.

Bhura had attacked Rathi’s rival Cheenu Pandit and his men at his behest outside Uttarakhand’s Roorkee Jail in September 2014. While Pandit survived the attack, his three aides were killed. Pandit was earlier a member of Rathi’s gang, but later parted ways to form his own gang which led to rivalry between the two. Rathi had planned an attack on Pandit from Roorkee Jail and after the incident.

Delhi Police’s special cell has been interrogating Rathi after taking him on a production warrant. Police sources said Rathi had struck a deal with Bawana after the arrest of gangster Amit Bhura in order to get him freed from Uttarakhand police custody after attempts by his own gang members had failed earlier. A police officer said that in order to return the favour Rathi had paid Rs 50 lakh and provided him with 15 SUVs and 40 armed men which he could use during the elections. Bawana later deputed the men to escort Shokeen. Bawana had spent Rs 1 crore during the elections in which Shokeen’s wife contested on a Congress ticket. Police said that efforts are also being made to nab Shokeen.

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