A 28-year-old two-time National Taekwondo winner, who also appeared on the Indian Idol reality show, has been arrested by Delhi police for being involved in more than 100 kidnapping cases and armed robbery.
Police said Suraj Bahadur was arrested with more than 2.5kg of gold, 55 stolen phones, five stolen vehicles and a domestically made pistol.
Last week, a police patrol team in Moti Nagar saw Suraj on a scooter and found his activities “suspicious”. The police arrested him and discovered that the scooter had recently been stolen. Upon further verification, police found a pistol and arrested him.
Urvija Goel, DCP (West), said she confessed to being involved in 100 kidnapping cases in different parts of Delhi. He is said to have recently threatened a jeweler at gunpoint and stole 2.5 kg of gold from him in the Sabzi Mandi region.
During questioning, Suraj said he lived in Uttam Nagar and was arrested in similar cases in 2014, 2017 and 2019, but was released on bail each time and returned to the criminal life.
“He and his gang members have been arrested several times, but after being released on bail, he joins a local gang again and starts committing crimes. He had also obtained a pistol and used it to threaten people to steal expensive items, ”said an officer.
Suraj graduated from the University of Delhi with a degree in Computer Engineering. He won two gold medals in taekwondo in 2012-13. In 2008, he participated in Indian Idol where he was among the top 50 competitors.
“He told us that he gave up sports and singing because he couldn’t make a lot of money and decided to commit crimes. He loves designer clothes and expensive cars. He wanted to buy these things for himself and joined local gangs, ”the officer said.