After tracking him down for six months in Haryana, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, the Special Task Force of Uttar Pradesh Police has finally nabbed the most wanted mafia don of West UP, Sushil alias “Moonch”, from a mall in Jaipur.

Involved in 40 cases of murder, loot, dacoity and extortion in UP, Uttarakhand and Haryana, the inter-State criminal carried a reward of Rs.1 lakh and had been active for the last three decades. The first case against him was lodged at the Civil Lines police station in Meerut in 1983.

In his early 60s, Sushil hit the headlines in 1991 when he and his gang gunned down a former block pramukh, Surendra Kukra, and four others in Nai Mandi area of Muzaffarnagar.

Invested in property

ADG (Law & Order & STF) Arun Kumar said that Sushil, a resident of Mathendi in Muzaffarnagar district, had emerged as a white-collared criminal who invested his ill-gotten money in property. All the investments were made outside UP, most of them benami transactions. Describing him as the most wanted hard-core criminal of the State, Mr. Kumar said that the STF had gathered information on his movement in Chandigarh, Panchkula (Haryana), Jaipur and Delhi.

The STF teams were regularly on the move for the last six months, he said.

“On being tipped off by a reliable source about Sushil’s presence in Adarshnagar area of Jaipur, the STF succeeded in arresting him from Pink Square mall in Raja Park area of Jaipur at around 10.30 p.m. on Wednesday,” Mr. Kumar said. A white Volkswagen Polo car, two cell phones and two ATM cards were seized from him.

Mr. Kumar said Sushil ran an organized network of hired assassins in Western UP and was involved in contract killings and extortion. Special teams would be constituted for unravelling his network and the names of relatives in whose names he had invested money in property.