The police shot gangster Gursewak Singh alias Shera, wanted in several cases of murder and robbery, outside his rented house in the densely populated Kamla Nehru Colony here on Thursday evening. Shera was reportedly taken to the civil hospital, though police refused to confirm reports that he had died.
A team led by assistant superintendent of police (ASP) Kuldeep Singh Chahal had been following Shera, a native of Khuban in Fazilka district, since afternoon, after secret information that he was moving in his Toyota Fortuner along with his wife.
Apparently unaware that he was being followed, he drove to his residence in the 'posh' Kamla Nehru Colony around 7pm. Police claimed that he fired first when he noticed cops on his trail, and the police shot him in the encounter that ensued. No injuries were reported from the police side. "While Shera was injured and is in hospital, his wife did not suffer any injury. But there were at least two mores persons at his house who managed to escape," said deputy inspector general (DIG) Pramod Baan.
Shera's wife was briefly detained, after which there was no information on her whereabouts. When asked about unconfirmed reports that Shera died in the encounter, DIG Ban said, "He has been shot. I would have to check whether he is alive or dead."