Jharkhand gangster ‘worth Rs 500cr’ and wanted for shoe baron murder nabbed in Gurgaon

Gurgaon: Akhilesh Singh, a 39-year-old gangster wanted in 10 murder cases — the most high-profile among them the murder of shoe baron Ashish Dey in Jamshedpur in 2007 — was nabbed from a Gurgaon guesthouse late on Tuesday in a joint operation by cops from the two cities.

As leader of the dreaded ‘A’ gang and a name that is synonymous with terror among businessmen, Singh is believed to have amassed hundreds of crores in wealth by collecting ‘gunda tax’ and through ‘rangdaari’ (extortions) and contract killings in eastern India, and invested heavily in real estate. Police sources said he is believed to have invested Rs 100 crore in real estate in NCR and Uttarakhand and his net worth could be as much as Rs 500 crore (these numbers could not be independently verified by TOI). A flat is registered in his name at JMD Garden, an upscale residential society on Gurgaon’s Sohna Road.

Singh, the son of a former Jharkhand cop, was nabbed from a guesthouse in Sushant Lok where he had put up with his wife Garima. He was shot in both his legs after he fired at a cop and has been admitted to hospital, a senior police official said.

The gangster carried a reward of Rs 7 lakh on his head and, besides the 10 murder cases, was wanted for 56 robberies and extortions in Jamshedpur and other parts of Jharkhand. He was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2006 for the murder of jailer Uma Shankar Pandey at Sakchi in East Singhbhum but jumped parole. A year later, he was involved in the murder of Dey. The owner of Kolkata-based shoe retail chain Sreeleathers was gunned down outside his home in Sakchi, a murder that made headlines across the country. The contract killing was believed to be the fallout of a property dispute.

Singh, who is currently admitted to Civil Hospital in Gurgaon under police custody, and Garima have been booked in a fresh FIR filed under sections 307 (attempt to murder), 353 (criminal force to deter public servant), 436 (mischief by fire and explosive substance) of the IPC and sections of the Arms Act at Sector 29 police station. Garima was sent to judicial custody on Wednesday by a duty magistrate.

Jamshedpur police was on Singh’s trail and had got a lead that he was in NCR for the last two days. Late on Tuesday, Prabhat Kumar, SP (rural) Jamshedpur, contacted Gurgaon police commissioner Sandeep Khirwar and informed him of Singh’s possible location.

A special team led by Sumit Kuhar, DCP (crime) Gurgaon, tracked Singh and Garima to Viskon guesthouse— B 520B in Sushant Lok 1. They also tracked down his white Endeavour. The team led by Kuhar raided the guesthouse at 1.30am. In the guesthouse records, Singh had signed as Ajay Kumar. He was staying in Room No. 102 on the ground floor. When the police knocked, it was Singh who opened the door but the Gurgaon police team, armed with an older photo, was not sure if the bearded man in front of them was their target.
But Kumar recognised Akhilesh. The gangster, according to cops, shot at the police team but missed. Inspector Rajkumar fired back and two bullets hit Akhilesh’s legs. Garima tried to snatch a cop’s pistol but was foiled, police said.
Anoop B Methew, SSP, Jamshedpur said Singh had come out of jail on parole and never went back and Jamshedpur police had been on his trail for a long time. “It is a major success for both state police forces as Akhilesh is notorious criminal who has 56 cases of heinous crime against him. We have so far found no criminal record against him in Gurgaon. After medical clearance, he will be produced in a city court,” police commissioner Sandeep Khirwar said. Jamshedpur police will then take him into custody on transit remand.

Source:-Jamshedpur police was on Singh’s trail and had got a lead that he was in NCR for the last two days. Late on Tuesday, Prabhat Kumar, SP (rural) Jamshedpur, contacted Gurgaon police commissioner Sandeep Khirwar and informed him of Singh’s possible location.

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