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ANVIT SRIVASTAVA | Updated: Nov 4, 2017, 07:35 AM IST, DNA
Anta’s desperation for a job soon led him to resort to charas, ganja and country-made liquor on a daily basis.
After completing his Class 8, Abuzar alias Anta, as he was fondly called in his inner circle, from Bulandshahr in Uttar Pradesh decided to move to the big city of Delhi to earn a livelihood. Having seen his father toil day and night as a labourer, Anta didn’t want to meet a similar fate. His plans were different.
While Delhi did welcome him, finding a job was a bigger task at hand for Anta. Already steeped in a cash-crunch situation back home, Anta’s desperation for a job soon led him to resort to charas, ganja and country-made liquor on a daily basis. Drugs brought along with it a host of opportunities to earn quick bucks, which was the need of the hour for Anta.
He gradually took up petty offences. In 2008, Anta was introduced to the then infamous Parvez gang. Soon, a big contract fell into Anta’s laps when one Dinesh Mittal, brother-in-law of a businessman Arun Gupta, raised a bounty of Rs 10 lakhs for his brother-in-law’s murder, as he feared Gupta would take over the family property worth Rs 100 crore.
On April 7, 2008, around 10.30 am, Gupta, who was the son-in-law of the owner of Mittal Farms in south Delhi’s Mehrauli, was on his way to his office in his sedan when a motorcycle rammed into his car near the gate of E-block in Kalkaji. Even before Gupta could step out of his car, two men surrounded the car with firearms and shot at him.
Gupta was alert enough to duck, and in a bid to escape and save himself, he drove the car away but entered a road that was congested with traffic. In the meantime, as he tried to pull out his phone to call the police, one of the assailants, Anta, approached Gupta and shot more than ten bullets at Gupta at point-blank range.
This daylight murder kept the Delhi police on its toes while 27-year-old Anta went into hiding. In a series of raids at the brothels of GB Road — a known hideout for some of the dreaded criminals — the rented accommodations of the assailants, their in-laws’ place, houses of their girlfriends and native villages, followed by a stringent interrogation of the suspects led to the arrest of Dinesh Mittal and five others involved. Anta was absconding for the next six years.
On September 6, 2014, the Delhi crime branch, received a tip-off that Anta would arrive at Connaught Place. A trap was laid and Anta was arrested bringing a six-year-long hide-and-seek to an end.
During his interrogations, Anta told the police that poverty pushed him into the world of crime. He said his labourer-father barely earned anything and therefore he had to quit school and join him at work. Soon, Anta realised that he was meant for quicker ways to earn money, and moved to Delhi.
The contract, however, did not bring much respite to Anta’s shrinking finances, as it also included the elimination of Gupta’s wife, which could not be executed. Mittal was sentenced to life, while Anta, who was also jailed, when out on parole, to visit his wife and two children in Bulandshahr.
Murder for money
- After completing Class 8, Anta moved to Delhi
- His desperation for a job soon led Anta to resort to charas, ganja and country-made liquor on a daily basis. Drugs brought opportunities to earn quick money
- In 2008, Anta was introduced to the then infamous Parvez gang.
- He was given the contract to kill Arun Gupta, son-in-law of the owner of Mittal farms in Mehrauli
- After committing the crime, Anta was absconding for six years. He was arrested on September 6, 2014 at Connaught Place
- During his interrogations, Anta told the police that poverty pushed him into crime