Caught on cam at a toll in Mathura
NEW DELHI: International wrestler Sushil Kumar was not only trying to escape from Delhi Police for the past 18 days, but also from Sandeep alias Kala Jathedi, one of the most wanted gangsters of north India who is currently believed to be in Dubai.
Jathedi had recently orchestrated the shootout at GTB Hospital to free his associate, Kuldeep Fajja, who was later killed by the Special Cell in an encounter.
Kumar knew that using an electronic device would do him in, but he didn’t seem very worried about police. Using a dongle for internet on his phone despite being cautioned by his well-wishers, he had been trying to contact Jathedi to forgive him, said a source. Even after his arrest by a Special Cell team led by inspector Shiv Kumar on Sunday, Kumar had no regrets about Sagar Dhankad’s murder. He just wanted police to save him from Jathedi’s men in jail, suggesting he had failed to strike a truce in the last two weeks.
But why is the Jathedi gang after the decorated wrestler? When Kumar had assaulted Dhankad, he had also thrashed another man named Sonu. With 19 cases of murder, extortion and robbery lodged against him, Sonu is Jathedi’s nephew, who treats him like his son. After the incident, there was more outrage about the assault on Sonu.
Jathedi had been indulging in large-scale grabbing of disputed properties in Delhi through Sonu and others, police said. Kumar had allegedly joined hands with Jathedi and landed a flat in M2-Block of northwest Delhi’s Model Town, which was at the centre of the controversy. This flat was being used to shelter criminals belonging to the Jathedi-Lawrence Bishnoi gang and many crime plots were hatched there. The alliance was aiming at having complete control of toll tax booths in Delhi, UP and Haryana.
“According to the initial arrangement, the proceeds from the sale of the property were to be divided equally between Kumar and Jathedi. However, in the last few months, Kumar’s proximity with rival gangs, including henchmen of jailed gangsters Neeraj Bawana and Naveen Bali, had increased, which created distrust between the wrestler and Jathedi’s gang,” explained a senior officer.
When Jathedi pressed Kumar for money and sale of the flat, he asked Dhankad and others, who had been living there, to vacate the premises. This angered the Jathedi gang, who started to foul mouth him publicly.
After Kumar got to know this, he challenged Dhankad and others for a face-off. Sonu felt that Kumar would not cross lines given Jathedi’s clout. However, a short-tempered Kumar, with the backing of Jathedi’s rival, didn’t hesitate in taking the step that was supposed to be a sign of establishing his supremacy.
For this very reason, Kumar ordered the assault to be filmed so that the video could be circulated and a message sent across to gangs to not mess around with him.
However, Dhankad’s death and severe injuries to Jathedi’s henchmen led to the gangster declaring an all-out war against Kumar and his associates with the threat to eliminate him. Sources have confirmed that Jathedi’s men are still looking for Kumar and his associates who were accompanying him on the night of the murder.