Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: An alleged pick-pocket, who was wanted in the murder of Kargil War hero Kanti Lal Guliyani at Janakpuri in West Delhi on September 23, 2005, has been arrested by the Special Staff of the South-West Delhi police. The accused had been declared a Proclaimed Offender in the case.

According to police, the Special Staff team arrested the accused, identified as Mahesh Chandra Gupta, a resident of Dabri, near his house when he came to meet his family members this past Thursday.

A country-made revolver and live cartridges was recovered from his possession.

The police said Mahesh, along with his gang leader Lekh Raj alias Lekhu, and accomplices, Iqbal, Raju, Kamal, Suresh and Jameel, had boarded a bus at Janakpuri on the fateful day with the intention to commit a robbery inside the moving bus.

A retired Naib Subedar, Guliyani, who was part of the second unit to have captured Tiger Hill during Kargil War, happened to be in the same bus.

The robbers surrounded him and asked him to part with his wallet. When Guliyani offered resistance, one of them stabbed him in his thigh. The culprits then escaped.

Guliyani was taken to a nearby private hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

The family members had alleged that the doctors had not attended on him for more than 30 minutes following which he succumbed to his injuries.

Following the incident, the police had arrested three persons in this connection, but Mahesh had managed to escape. The police said he had been hiding in Shahjahanpur, Uttar Pradesh, under an assumed identity.

He would visit his Dabri house rarely to avoid arrest.