The ‘Godmother’ of one of Delhi’s largest crime families is on the run after fresh charges of murder and kidnapping surfaced against her barely two months after she was released on bail, police said on Sunday.
The 62-year-old Basiran and her seven sons, including a teenager, were in jail for more than 100 crimes ranging from bootlegging to robbery and extortion to murder. The family is based in South Delhi’s Sangam Vihar.
The woman took a contract of Rs 60,000 for a murder and plotted to kidnap a young man for ransom in an attempt to collect money to pay for her son’s bail, a police officer said.
The police are considering charging her with stricter laws, which will make getting bail tougher.
As reported by Hindustan Times on November 2, Basiran was in jail for extortion and was never charged with more heinous crimes such as murder, though she is considered by the police to be the ringleader of a crime syndicate.
Police are trying to track Basiran after three men and another woman were arrested on January 10 in Sangam Vihar for kidnapping and murder.
The men worked allegedly for Basiran’s son, Rahul Khan, who is in jail.
“They were thrashing a young man and trying to extort Rs 50,000 from him. The man had bought a new motorcycle and they tried to get some money out of him,” Sangam Vihar station house officer Upender Singh said.
The three allegedly told the police that Basiran was involved in a murder after her stint in jail. This led the investigators to a woman named Munni Begum, who had allegedly paid to get her brother killed.
Begum was arrested and police found during questioning that Basiran took the contract money and paid Rs 18,000 to hitmen working for Khan.
“They killed Begum’s brother, disfigured his face and burned the body in a woody area,” officer Singh said. The findings fit the case of an unidentified, disfigured and burnt body found in a patch of forest near Sangam Vihar on November 15.
Basiran’s husband, Malkhan Singh, the lone male member in the family who does not have a single criminal case against him, is also on the run. “Maybe he has crossed over to the wrong side of the law too,” an investigating officer said.
This post originally appeared on Hindustan Times