Wanted criminal on the run for nine years arrested for multiple cases

Published: May 20, 2019, 21:36 IST | mid-day online desk |

Three 9 mm pistols, six cartridges and nine cartridges of .315 bore were seized from his possession from the criminal who was on the run for nine years

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A serial criminal, who was wanted in several criminal cases and had been on the run for the past nine years, was finally arrested in Rajasthan's Churu district, the police said on Monday. The criminal, identified as Vinod Mitathal, who has over four dozen criminal cases registered against him in Haryana and Rajasthan, carried a cash reward of Rs 3 lakh on his head, a Haryana Police spokesman said here.

Three 9 mm pistols, six cartridges and nine cartridges of .315 bore were seized from his possession, he said. Mitathal, a resident of Mitathal village Haryana's Bhiwani district, was wanted for several crimes, including murder, attempt to murder, kidnapping and ransom, the spokesman said.

He was sentenced to life imprisonment in a case earlier but went into hiding after coming out on parole nine years ago, he added. During the preliminary interrogation, Mitathal confessed to his involvement in nine cases of crime after jumping the parole.

He, along with his associates, had allegedly kidnapped and killed a doctor three years ago. He is also accused of his involvement in the killing of a trader last year. Police also arrested Praveen, a close aide of Mitathal, from Bhiwani on Monday, the spokesman said.

In a similar incident, the Kavi Nagar police on May 18, 2019, arrested a dreaded criminal after an exchange of fire in Ghaziabad. Police said that the accused identified as Sharukh, who was carrying Rs 25,000 bounty on his head, was arrested but his accomplice fled the spot.

According to police, "One motorcycle and a licensee pistol have been recovered from the criminal." "A team is carrying out search operations in the area," police added.

One Constable along with the criminal, who was injured in the process was sent to the hospital for treatment. A case has been registered in this regard. Further investigation is underway. Read the full story here.

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