Even though several hours have passed since two policemen — one from UP Special Task Force and another from MP police crime branch — were shot at in Bhopal on Saturday night, the cops are yet to lay their hands on the shooter.
Two policemen who sustained injuries are an sub-inspector (SI) of UP STF Sandeep Mishra and a constable of Bhopal city crime branch Raghavendra Pandey.
Surprisingly, the incident occurred when a joint team of UP STF and MP police crime branch tried to trap the shooter, a hardcore criminal from UP, who has been identified as Anshu Dixit. He is an accused in two murder cases in UP.
More interesting is the fact that Anshu was living in a rented house with a chum and his elder brother in Saket Nagar on a fake identity card for over four months. Anshu’s elder brother Annu came to Bhopal in April this year and began to live in a house, 299/2A Alkapuri, Saket Nagar.
He introduced himself to the landlord as Jagdish Mishra, a resident of Sitapur district in UP and his wife as Pooja Mishra saying that he was a contractor working at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Bhopal and his wife Pooja a doctor. Crime branch sources said Annu was also wanted by UP police.
Anshu, who had given the police the slip when he was being taken to a court in Sitapur in October 2013, came to Bhopal in June this year to live with his brother.
The UP STF traced his location in Alkapuri Bhopal where a five-member team came to search for him. When the joint police team was searching for him, Anshu reportedly fired at them and escaped in a car. During the raid in their house, Annu’s wife Pooja too was found missing but the police recovered two pistols.
Talking to HT, additional superintendent of police (ASP), crime branch, Shailendra Singh Chouhan said, "We have cordoned off every possible route the accused could use to flee from the city. We have also sent messages to all the districts to search for the criminals."
Following the incident, deputy inspector general of police (DIG) Bhopal D Srinivasa Varma announced a cash reward of Rs 10,000 for providing information about the criminals.