A 33-year-old Akash Chand known as “Veerappan” of the North was arrested from Delhi on Monday night for wildlife trade.
He is former Hindu College student and has been associated with interstate wildlife trafficking gang. Akash was arrested by a crime branch team from Paharganj in Central Delhi, where he had come to meet his relatives.
After Sansar Chand’s death in 2014, Akash was running the interstate racket with his mother Rani, police said.
Police sources said, “This was the fifth time they had received information about Akash, who had gave them the slip in the past.”
Joint commissioner of police RS Yadav said, “They had received a request from their Jaipur counterparts to arrest Akash, against whom a non-bailable warrant had been issued by a local court”.
Earlier, the Rajasthan high court had refused Akash’s bail petition.
“Our officers received information about Akash visiting Paharganj. When the team went there, a mob gathered at the spot and refused to hand him over. The police team was attacked. They even bit head constable Hamender and constable Pankaj’s hands and pelted stones at the police party,” said Yadav.
“Akash’s name cropped up during the interrogation of two men in Rajasthan last year who were arrested with leopard skins”, said an investigating officer.
The warrant had been issued against him by the police.
Investigating officers said that in all these years, “Akash and his mother Rani were running their operations from Delhi. Their role was to identify the clients and contact poachers in Rajasthan. Akash’s mother presently out on bail was arrested in the same case in May.”