Four youths, allegedly involved in several cases including rape of a girl in Noida last week, were arrested in the capital following a gun-battle in which four cops and an accused were injured, police said on Monday. Amit Gujjar (21), the leader of the gang, Anil Kumar(22), Ved Pal (23)and Manoj Sharma (22) were caught yesterday at Wazirabad bridge after a shootout between policemen and the criminals, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) Neeraj Thakur said.
The arrests came following specific information developed during investigations into another case of a transporter, Ajay, being shot dead in Greater Noida. Ajay was going to Saharanpur from Delhi when he was allegedly murdered. Police narrowed down on Gujjar and his movements were tracked in Trans-Yamuna area as well as in Loni, Ghaziabad, Noida and Uttar Pradesh.
Acting on the inputs, Thakur said, sleuths of Crime Branch laid a trap at Wazirabad bridge and around 1:30 p.M. the gangsters came in two cars which was asked to stop. As the first car stopped, it was noticed that one more car came behind it with three persons sitting inside it. The cops surrounded the cars, but, suddenly the person sitting inside the first car opened fire at police which was retaliated, Thakur said.
Meanwhile, the trio sitting inside the second car also opened fire at the police. During the cross-firing and ensuing scuffle, four policemen and a criminal suffered injuries. Thakur said all the four men were, however, apprehended. They belong to Dadri and Ghaziabad districts of UP.
The gang was allegedly involved in the abduction of a girl at gunpoint from a Noida market on January 4 when she was shopping there along with her mother. The 18-year-old girl, who was doing a correspondence course, was later abandoned at an isolated part of the city after criminal assault.
Police claimed that the four were trying to enter the capital to execute some crime at Jagatpur village and were nabbed by the Crime Branch sleuths.
During interrogation, Thakur claimed, the accused have purportedly admitted to their involvement in over a dozen cases of murder, abduction, violent robbery and car lifting in Delhi, Ghaziabad and Noida.
Police have seized four sophisticated and country-made weapons, ammunition, and two cars from the possession of the accused.
About a month back, one Rakesh had contacted Gujjar and given him a Rs three lakh "contract" for killing one person. They allegedly abducted the person from Sector 37 of Noida and killed him.
In another case, the gang allegedly robbed Rs 6.5 lakh from a person after firing at him in Ghori village in Noida.
Thakur said the gangsters also opened fire at passersby who gathered at the incident site.
Last month, Thakur claimed, Gujjar's maternal aunt allegedly asked him to kill her husband Kalyan as there was some domestic problem between them. Gujjar allegedly kidnapped Kalyan and took him to Loni where he allegedly shot him dead and abandoned his body on the Yamuna banks in Loni.