The prime suspect in Greater Noida resident Gaurav Chandel’s murder and Mirchi gang kingpin Ashu Jaat was arrested from Mumbai on Saturday. The notorious gangster was captured by a joint effort of the Hapur police department and the Mumbai crime branch, and had allegedly been selling fruits to escape arrest and had been hiding in Jogeshwari.
The statement released by the Mumbai police read that Ashu was arrested on Saturday morning from Jogeshwari West Prem Nagar area of Mumbai, where he was living in disguise selling vegetables and using different aliases for the past one year.
Jaat, 32, carried a bounty of Rs 2.5 lakh and has nearly 40 murder, theft, kidnapping and loot cases under his name in Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Delhi.
According to UP police, Jaat feared that he would be killed in an encounter by the Special Task Force (STF) and thus fled to Mumbai, took a rented room in Vile Parle and changed his appearance by growing a beard.
Inspector General of the Meerut range, Praveen Kumar said, “Ashu Jaat was arrested in Mumbai on Saturday. He is wanted in a number of criminal cases in UP and carried a reward of Rs 2.5 lakh on his arrest. Our special teams from Hapur police were also looking for him since long and were also present in Mumbai. The team is bringing the suspect to UP on transit remand.”
Jaat has been linked to the famous Gaurav Chandel and Rakesh Sharma murder cases. The suspect has been accused of using stolen vehicles for performing numerous crimes. Mumbai Police said that it was tracking his movements for a while and had several inputs about him.
“Ashu was one of the top wanted criminals in the district. Besides the Chandel case, he had several cases of murder, extortion, robbery, etc., registered against him in the district,” said Kumar Ranvijay Singh, additional deputy commissioner of police, zone 1, who was the then superintendent of police (rural) at the time of the incident.