Culprit's wife tips off police

Tells cops about her husband's plan, they seize arms from home

A woman, allegedly thrashed by her husband at their home in east Delhi’s Pandav Nagar, led police to the presence of a large cache of arms at her home. An early morning raid at the house resulted in recovery of four pistols, including a loaded one of Italian-make, and 111 cartridges of varying specifications.

Police said the woman revealed that her husband was speaking to someone over phone about some “clandestine nefarious acts” on Independence Day. A police officer dismissed any rumour of the man and his accomplices planning a terror attack saying such acts are not committed using pistols.

“The man could at best plan a contract killing or a robbery with the kind of weapons recovered, not a terror attack. We are investigating the case and our priority right now is to arrest the man and his brother,” Sanjay Beniwal, Joint Commissioner of Police (Eastern Range), told Deccan Herald.

The woman, Monika, told police that her 41-year-old husband Anwar Thakur managed to escape with his brother and another accomplice before police’s arrival.


“The PCR had received a call at 4.17 am on Friday about a woman being beaten up by her husband. A PCR van immediately reached the spot and found the door of the rented house bolted from outside. The door was opened and the woman freed,” police said.
The woman said her husband, a murder convict, was out on parole since May 5 and was to return on August 22.

“The man was arrested in 1998 for a murder. He jumped parole in 2000 but was arrested two years later. We don’t think he could have planned any terror activity for the Independence Day as he was inside jail for a fairly long time,” said Beniwal.


In any case, Monika was taken into confidence and she pointed out the areas in her house where the arms were hidden.

Three country-made pistols, one loaded Italian pistol, and cartridges and magazines were recovered.

The woman was questioned and her role in the case probed but was not detained. Police said their priority is also to make sure the woman is safe from her husband.
The PCR staff informed local police about the recovery and a case under the Indian penal Code and Arms Act were registered with Pandav Nagar station.

Sundari Nanda, Special Commissioner of Police, Operations, announced a reward of Rs 10,000 each to the PCR official for “prompt and tactful action, which has averted a potential subversive activity on the eve of Independence Day”.

Just two hours before this recovery, but in a separate case, three men travelling in an autorickshaw were arrested near Akshardham Temple in east Delhi.

“Given the security cover in and around Delhi, the men were searched. A country-made pistol, three cartridges and three knives were recovered from them,” said a police officer.
The arrested trio revealed they were small-time criminals and had planned some minor crimes in Delhi on Friday.

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