In a major breakthrough, a joint team of the Delhi Police Crime Branch and the Rajasthan Police nabbed three men, including the two main shooters, from Chandigarh late Saturday night.
There were said to be over a dozen cops who came in plainclothes in four vehicles and arrested the main shooters, identified as Rohit Rathore, a resident of Jaipur (Rajasthan); Nitin Fauji of Mahendergarh (Haryana), and one of their accomplices identified as Udham Singh. They were immediately taken away to Delhi late Saturday night itself to be interrogated there and later to Jaipur.
Details of the operation that nabbed the accused
The accused had come to a hotel, Kamal Palace, in Sector 24 of Chandigarh at around 8 pm while the police swooped down on them in less than an hour’s time. Prior to arresting the accused, the police first confirmed their arrival with a person managing a guest register by showing him the photos of the accused.
The accused had taken a room by submitting forged Aadhaar cards with fake names in the said hotel. The police, which had apparently confirmed the arrival of the accused with the help of local cops, had, however, also asked him not to contact local police until the raid was over.
Meanwhile, according to reports, the police had already identified the two alleged killers of Karni Sena chief Sukhdev Singh Gogamedi and had also announced a cash reward of Rs 5 lakh for information leading to their arrest.
The police had got a lead in the case on Saturday after the arrest of one Ramveer Jat in Jaipur, one of the conspirators in the shocking murder case, who had given the accused the contract to kill Gogamedi. He was said to be a close friend of Fauji, one of the main shooters, as both of them had studied together in a school and also had information about the plan of the accused to flee abroad.
Rathore and Fauji had shot another person
Rathore and Fauji, who had run away after killing Gogamedi, had shot another person, Hemraj, snatched his two-wheeler to run away. They made multiple bus and cab trips before reaching Hisar in Haryana and planned to go to Himachal Pradesh via Chandigarh on Saturday. They reportedly planned to flee to other cities before going to Nepal.
Also, reports said that notorious gangster Rohit Godara, who was linked to Lawrence Bishnoi gang and is currently in Punjab jail, had claimed responsibility for the sensational murder, claiming that Gogamedi was siding with and backing his enemies.