New Delhi: Delhi Crime Branch has busted an interstate gang of organised wildlife traffickers by arresting Akash, the gang leader who is also the son Sansar Chand, the most notorious poacher who died after he was arrested and jailed for commiting the largest number of wildlife crimes across States in India.
During a police operation against wildlife traffickers, a team of Delhi Crime Branch was attacked by Akash, his family members and other persons mobilized by them. One Head Constable and one Constable of Crime Branch have received multiple injuries. Even after the cops were attacked and wounded, they along with other team members succeeded in catching the accused. The operation was executed on a secret input received by HC Hamender of SER/Crime Branch regarding the presence of Akash at Motia Khan in the Paharganj area on 11 July 2016.
The Crime Branch had also received a request from SHO/PS Hathipole, Udaipur, Rajasthan seeking help in apprehending Akash in case registered under FIR No. 90/2015 dated 5/5/2015 u/s 9/39(B), 44 (1) A (iii), 48 B, 49 B & 51 Wild Life Act, PS Hathipole, Udaipur,Rajasthan. In this case, two leopard hides were recovered from the possessionof two bike riders – Ganesh and Prabhulal. Rajasthan police arrested 8 accused in this case including Akash’s mother Rani.
On 11 July 2016, a secret information was received by HC Hamender that Akash, an Interstate leopard hide trader, who was the son of Sansar Chand and wanted in a case (FIR No.90/15 u/s 9/39/44/48/49/51 Wild Life Act, PS Hathipole, Udaipur, Rajasthan) against whom a non-bailable warrant had also been issued by concerned court of law, would come in the area of Motia Khan, Paharganj. Crime Branch had also received a request from SHO/PS Hathipole, Udaipur, Rajasthan seeking help in apprehending him. The secret information received byHC Hamender was further developed and a team of Crime Branch led by ACP Ishwar Singh and comprising Inspr. Atul Tyagi, W/SI Kusum Dangi, HCs Hamender, Sandeep, Virender, Cts. Pankaj, Surender and Rakesh was constituted under overall guidance of DCP Bhisham Singh to nab the wanted criminal.
The police team conducted raid at Sadar Thana Road, Motia Khan, Paharganj, Delhi at about 5:00 pm. Suddenly, a mob including family members/relatives of Akash gathered at the spot and tried to forcibly get Akash free from the custody of police officials of Crime Branch. Akash and his family members became aggressive and opposed his apprehension and attacked the police party. But police party resisted their move and did not let Akash go. Akash, Seema (sister of Akash), Jatin (cousin), Sandeep (brother-in-law of Akash), Azad Ram (father-in-law of Akash) and others tried to overpower the police party. They even bit HC Hamender and Ct. Pankaj on their hands and pelted stones at the police party. HCHamender and Ct. Pankaj sustained multiple injuries even then they did not let Akash go. Local police also came to the spot during the incident.
On the complaint of HC Hamender, a case (FIR No.275/2016 dated 11/07/2016 u/s 186/353/332/34 IPC, PS Paharganj, Delhi) has been registered and further investigation is being conducted by local police. A team of local police of PS Hathipole, Udaipur, Rajasthan has also reached Delhi for further legal action.
Akash is son of Sansar Chand, who was a notorious interstate trafficker of wildlifespecies. He used to trade in organs, nails, teeth and hides of wild species. He was involved in several cases of Wild Life Act. In 2004, he died in SMS Hospital, Jaipur during medical treatment. He was lodged in Alwar jail in Rajasthan during that period and was suffering from cancer.
On interrogation, ,Akash stated that he completed his class 12th from an Academy in Dehradun in Uttrakhand in 2003. When he was pursuing his second year of B.Com (Honrs.) from College, Delhi, he got involved in a wildlife case in the jurisdiction of PS Manak Chowk, Jaipur, Rajasthan. Nails of leopard were recovered from his possession. He was lodged in jail in this case till 2008 and got bail from court after spending almost 4 years in jail. In Manak Chowk case, his mother Rani was also arrested. She was lodged in jail for about 18 months.
In 2015, Rani was again arrested (FIR No.90/2015 dated 05/05/2015 u/s 9/39 (B),44 (1) A (iii), 48 B, 49 B & 51 Wild Life Act PS Hathipole, Udaipur,Rajasthan). Akash was on the run in this case following the arrest of her mother. He made efforts to get anticipatory bail but his anticipatory bail application was dismissed by the Jodhpur Bench of Rajasthan High Court.
n the garb of “Sara Electronics”, at Karol Bagh in New Delhi, which is in the business of selling laptops through SNAPDEAL, he was operating his interstate network of wildlife trafficking.