He was arrested in 2011 for supplying arms to LTTE, but disappeared after getting bail
On Monday night, while most of their colleagues across the city were managing the huge crowd at the annual feast at St Mary’s Basilica in Shivajinagar, a team of four from Kalasipalyam police station was tailing a dangerous gun dealer.
Led by Inspector G.S. Anil Kumar, they had followed their target till City Market. The team wanted to catch him red-handed.
However, after tailing him for some time, they realised that they risked losing him in the crowded area. Around 8 p.m., they caught up with him.
The suspect, Pankaj Roy (41), was carrying a pistol and 16 rounds of ammunition, but did not resist arrest. That came as a big relief for the team.
The team had taken special permission to stay away from Shivajinagar and now they had something to show for their efforts.
During questioning, Roy revealed that he had got the pistol from his contact — Rakesh from Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh — and was planning to sell the weapon to a client in the city through his local contact Shafi.
According to the police, Roy is the bodyguard of Aparajith Bhasak, a notorious criminal. They deal in guns and drugs, are engaged in other illegal activities and have been convicted for murder. They are from West Bengal, but change their base frequently to avoid arrest. They are named in several cases across India.
They came to the notice of the Bangalore police in 2001 following the murder of a travel agent K.R.A.P. Acharya at Hotel Ashoka.
Posing as tourists, Roy and Bhasak, along with another associate Jaswal, had approached Acharya seeking Indian currency in exchange for foreign currency. They had checked into the hotel and told Acharya to come there with the money. When he arrived, they offered a cool drink laced with poison. Later, they tied his hands and legs before dumping his body in the bathtub and left with Rs. 5 lakh cash.
After a search lasting several days, the city police tracked down the trio to Kolkata in West Bengal.
In 2008, Roy got out on parole. He jumped parole.
It was only in 2011 that the police managed to arrest him for supplying illegal arms and ammunition to anti-social elements, including a man associated with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The Bagalur police found six pistols and ammunition on him. He was remanded in judicial custody. Roy approached the Supreme Court and secured bail.
Police had to wait till Monday night to get their hands on him again.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (West) Labhu Ram said, “We are trying to track down his local contacts and the source of weapons. We are contemplating recommending to the authorities concerned to book him under the Goonda Act considering his criminal record.”