NEW DELHI: After almost a year of hiding, a 62-year-old woman who headed a crime syndicate in south Delhi with her sons has been finally arrested. The family has a staggering 113 cases against it, and some of the members are in jail. Police plan to book the entire family under MCOCA, the stringent Maharashtra law against organised crime.

Bashiran Begum came under the police scanner last September when her name cropped up in a murder case. She disappeared after that, and a court declared her a proclaimed offender in May this year.

The court also directed the cops to confiscate her house in Sangam Vihar.

During this period, Begum had fled Delhi for Ahmedabad in Gujarat and then to Allahabad in UP. When police tracked her there, she promptly moved base to .

Confirming her arrest, special commissioner R P Upadhyay said that five teams had been formed under south Delhi DCP to go in her pursuit.

On Friday, Begum planned to meet her family in Sangam Vihar, but she did not realise that the cops had been on her trail and had been tipped off about her movement. She was nabbed from near her house by a special team comprising women cops led by SHO Upendra Singh.

The chase began last year after a decomposed body of a man was found in the jungles of K Block in Sangam Vihar. “During the investigation, we detained a juvenile, who disclosed that he and his associates named Aakash, Vikash, Neeraj and Munni Begum had carried out the murder on the instructions of Bashiran Begum,” said Devesh Shrivastava, joint commissioner (southern range).

Apparently, Bashiran Begum had accepted Rs 60,000 for the murder of Miraz. Munni was Mirza‘s stepsister. The killers took the ruse of inviting Miraz to a party but strangled him with a belt and burnt his body to hide his identity, according to Shrivastava.

Police discovered that Bashiran Begum was among the top five woman criminals in Delhi. “She and her sons are accused of bootlegging, murder, robbery,contract killing, snatching and other crimes,” said Romil Baaniya, DCP (South).

The mobster was assisted in her crimes by sons Wakil, Shakil, Shamim Goonga, Salman, Faizal Khadka, Sunny and Rahul Khan. The eighth son is a minor.

She had filed an application for anticipatory bail in Delhi high court and in courts for release of her confiscated property. However, both were dismissed in view of her criminal background.
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