Notorious thief Bunty Chor aka Devinder Singh, wanted by the police in several states, met his nemesis through the Pune police on Saturday. Soon after he checked in at a lodge in the city, he was arrested by a team who acted on a tip-off.
Kerala police, who were hot on his heels since January 21, reached Pune after finding out that he was being held at Samartha police station.
Senior police inspector Ganpat Nikam, who led the team that nabbed Bunty, said, “The Kerala police had listed Singh as their most wanted criminal and had circulated his photograph across the country. We received a tip-off that a man who looked like him had checked in at a lodge near the Zilla Parishad building, after which a verified the information and picked him up.”
Nikam added that officers of Kerala police were alerted once they took Singh to Samartha police station, as they needed to confirm his identity. A team led by KE Baiju, assistant commissioner of special branch, Kerala police, reached Pune at 8.30am on Saturday and confirmed this.
“During initial questioning, Singh told us he came to Pune from Karnataka in a bus. But we are still verifying this claim. He had given the slip to the Hosur police in Karnataka. However, it is difficult to board a Pune-bound interstate bus at Hosur without catching the attention of the local police. He most probably hired a vehicle to reach Pune.”
Singh’s role is suspected in over 500 burglaries across India. Cops who were present when he was rounded up said he appeared nonchalant.
However, the Kerala police team claimed that during interrogation, he admitted to having broken into the high-security house of NRI businessman Venugopalan Nair in Kerala on January 21.
“Initially he answered our questions confidently, but spilled the beans after we confronted him with photographic evidence,” said Baiju.
State police have begun making a list of crimes he may have carried out in Mumbai and Pune region. “We are also probing his involvement in major burglaries in Maharashtra,” Nikam said.