New Delhi: The Delhi Crime Branch on Saturday arrested an alleged sharpshooter and aide of jailed RJD leader Mohammad Shahabuddin. The Police claimed that the gangster confessed to have killed over 11 people at the instance of the former Siwan MP.

Aftab, who is allegedly involved in at least 20 cases of robbery and murder, was apprehended on a tip off on Saturday, a senior police officer said.

Aftab Alam was arrested from near the Old Delhi railway station last week when he had come there to meet a contact. The police recovered a 9 mm pistol from his possession.

"After coming under the patronage of Shahabuddin, he committed murders either at his instance or for taking revenge against his old rivals," DCP, Crime Branch, Ashok Chand said.

After Shahabuddin was lodged in jail, Alam left Siwan in 2005 and settled in Chhattisgarh where he working as a security supervisor in a firm. He used to come to Delhi to his acquaintances in Zakir Nagar.
 
The 33-year-old gangster, who is wanted in more than 20 cases of murder, attempt to murder, robbery and kidnapping, has not been arrested since 1998.

Police said Alam told them that he entered into the world of crime in 1990 when he was 14. He became a close aide of Shahabuddin.

JPN/Agencies