PATNA: Police in Bihar have arrested a dreaded gangster who would go on pilgrimage after committing each crime.
Gangster Mukesh Pathak wanted in several cases of murders, kidnappings and extortion was arrested by the police from the Ramgrah Cant station in Jharkhand on Monday.
He was caught while he was returning to Jamshedpur from Jamu-Tawi Express after offering prayers to Goddess Vaishno Devi in Jammu.
Police say the arrested criminal had a unique habit of paying visits to prominent Hindu pilgrimage sites after committing every big crime.
According to police, his mobile locations showed the gangsters visited religious spots like Mansa Devi temple in Chandigarh, Golden temple in Amritsar, Kamakhya Devi temple in Assam, Dwarka temple and Swaminarayan temple in Gujarat, Jagannath Puri in Odisha and Vaishno Devi temple in Jammu.
The gangster who had been constantly giving the police slips was wanted in connection with the murder of two engineers engaged in road construction project in Darbhanga district in December last year.
They were killed after his road construction company failed to pay Rs 75 crore (Rs 750 million) which the gangster had sought as extortion.
In May this year again, he had sought an extortion of Rs One crore (Rs 10 million) for Chadda and Chadda company.
Since then the police were actively searching for him and finally, they were able to nab him through technical surveillance.
Police say he had been constantly on the runs, changing his locations almost every day and would make phone extortion calls only while travelling on trains. If the police are to be believed, the gangster had used 375 SIM cards in the past over five months.
He would smash the SIM cards after using them.
Image Caption: Gangster Mukesh Pathak in police captivity