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Delhi: Criminal, evading arrest for decade, falls for cop posing as 'fake girl' on Instagram; arrested

The criminal has been evading arrest for over a decade. He is an accused in 20 cases of snatching, theft, possession of illegal arms and bootlegging. The police came up with an innovative idea to trap and nab him.

Edited By: Ashesh Mallick @asheshmallick07 New Delhi Published on: June 13, 2024 20:31 IST
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Delhi news: A criminal, evading arrest for over a decade, was made to fall for a honey trap by the Delhi Police whose constable posed as a woman on social media, officials said on Thursday (June 13). The cop created a fake Instagram handle to trap 45-year-old Bunty, accused in 20 cases of snatching, theft, possession of illegal arms and bootlegging at different police stations in Delhi, they said.

Police detail action plan

"The accused was declared as a proclaimed offender (PO) by city court on June 26, 2013 in a case registered against him in Tilak Nagar Police Station," Deputy Commissioner of Police (north) Manoj Kumar Meena said.

He remained at large despite several attempts by the police, the DCP said, terming him a hardcore criminal. The official said that the team had received a tip-off this year that Bunty was hiding in Indira Vikas Colony. Upon visiting the location, the team found out that Bunty was using an Instagram account.

"Later, the team laid many traps and efforts were made to trace the accused, but the offender remained at large. Subsequently, the team member, a head-constable Omparkash Dagar came up with an innovative idea," said the DCP.

The constable created a fake Instagram profile with a girl’s name and started chatting with Bunty. “He was eager to befriend the ‘fake girl’,” Meena said.

Criminal meets 'fake girl' at metro station

Later, Bunty agreed to meet the constable posing as a girl at Punjabi Bagh Metro Station.

"On June 7, the meeting was fixed. The team was ready and laid a strategic trap with the help of technical surveillance. As the accused reached the spot, he was successfully apprehended from Punjabi Bagh Metro Station," the police officer said.

The DCP said Bunty kept changing his address and phone numbers regularly to evade arrest.

(With PTI inputs)

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