Jaipur: The Rajasthan special operations group (SOG) has identified at least 11 of the 15 criminals who opened firing in Behror police station and helped notorious gangster Vikram Singh Gujjar alias Papla escape just three hours after his arrest two days ago. The police have, however, not been able to arrest any of them. Several police teams of three states are searching for Papla and his aides. These teams are armed with sophisticated weapons due to the possibility that the criminals can engage policemen in an exchange of fire.
Sources said that about half of the criminals involved in helping Vikram Gujjar escape are from Rajasthan. The SOG had arrested two men, identified as Vinod Swami, a resident of Behror area and Kailash Gujjar. They have allegedly revealed the names of Vikram’s aides.
On the basis of the inputs received from the arrested men, the SOG teams are carrying out raids at several places.
DGP Bhupendra Yadav himself is supervising the search operation. He took a meeting of senior police officers on Sunday to get a status report.
Papla is a known criminal in Haryana, but there is no FIR registered against him with any police station in Rajasthan. Senior police officers argued it was for this reason the police patrolling team from Behror which arrested couldn’t identify him as Papla.
When he was arrested by the patrolling team at 3.30 am on Friday, he identified himself as Sahil. The police seized a cash amount of Rs 31.90 lakh from his possession. He told the police that he tried to flee because they had a bogus registration plate on their car. The police had no clue that the man they had arrested was a wanted criminal.
Despite having police on his tail, Papla is apparently posting updates on Facebook. He posted some pictures showing him flaunting AK-47s on Facebook.
A group of about 15 criminals stormed into Behror police station in three vehicles around 8.30 am on Friday. They were armed with AK-47 guns. They started firing inside the police station indiscriminately. There were 11 policemen including SHO Sugan Singh in the police station at that time. Sugan Singh fired at the criminals, but his gun got jammed. The criminals left with Papla.