The Pauri district police arrested wanted gangster Virendra Shah of Katihar, Bihar who is a member of the Khantar Mandal gang. He was absconding since January 26 when a case registered against four members of the gang under section 3 (1) of the Gangster Act in Rikhanikhal police station in the district. The three members of the gang including gang leader Khantar Mandal, Chandan and Pawan Soni are behind the bars in connection with a fraud.
It is pertinent to mention that Simla village resident Heera Singh had lodged a first information report during August last year in the police station stating that three unknown persons came to his house. The trio took the family into confidence and assured them that they will polish old ornaments making them appear like new. The police registered a case against unknown persons under section 420 of Indian Penal Code. Based on evidence, the police had arrested two accused Pawan Soni and Khantar Mandal on August 10 last year. For the arrest of the accused Chandan, Pauri senior superintendent of police Shweta Choubety had announced a reward Rs 10,000. The Rikhnikhal police arrested the accused Chandan from Bihar on January 22. A case was then registered under the Gangster Act against the four accused. Earlier this week, the police managed to arrest the fourth accused Virendra Shah.