A 35-year-old fugitive Punjabi film producer, who had escaped from police custody from court premises two years ago, was arrested by the Crime Branch of Delhi police from Mumbai. Police also arrested his two brothers who helped him to flee.
The accused, Gaurav Sethi (35), had produced two Punjabi films in 2008 and 2011. “He was declared a proclaimed offender in two cases. A reward of Rs 25000 each was declared on his arrest,” said a police officer. Along with Sethi, his brothers Vikram (36) and Manish (40) were also arrested from Mumbai.
In 2008, Gaurav produced a Punjabi film ‘Watno-Dur’, which was filmed in Mauritius and it starred famous Punjabi actors. It was released all over India. Gurusewak Mann, Deep Dhillon, Upasana Singh and Raza Murad have acted in this film, and Hansraj Hans was the playback singer.
In 2011, he produced another Punjabi film ‘Baba Bulleshah’, in which Ustad Tafu Khan of Lahore (Pakistan) was the music composer-director. However, it could not be released due to some problems with the distributor.
“In 2014, he was produced in court and was remanded in judicial custody. A constable was escorting Sethi to Tihar Jail in a vehicle. When the constable reached DDA Market Jail Road to collect food for the accused, his brothers Vikram and Manish reached there and requested the constable to allow them to get the signature of Gaurav on the Vakalatnama,”
Taking opportunity of this, Gaurav pushed the constable and all three fled in two cars. A case under appropriate sections was registered. However, they could not be arrested as they kept changing their location and identities.
“After his escape, they went to Chandigarh and from there they came to Mumbai where they were living under fictitious identities. With the money he had taken from Delhi, Gaurav gave loans to individuals at high rate of interest,” police said.
During investigation, a police team got specific information that Gaurav and his brothers were living in Mumbai with fake identities. Earlier, he used to run casinos in Marriott, Panaji (Goa), Colombo (Sri Lanka) and Nepal.
However, a few years back he had developed a longing for fame in Bollywood,” said an investigator.
“Acting on the information, the team arrested the accused person from Mumbai where they were residing with their families under fictitious identities,” police said.
In 2003, Gaurav opened an office at Rohini in Delhi in the name of GS Builder. He would assist the clients in getting loans from various banks such as Dena Bank, PNB, Bank of Maharashtra etc. Later on, he used to prepare forged documents and take loan on bogus properties.
“He used to take handsome commissions and bought several properties,” said a police officer.
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