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Cops collar 3 hired guns

india Updated: Sep 08, 2006 00:16 IST
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..claim a breakthrough in many cases

THE COPS arrested three youths on Thursday reported involved in contract killings and robberies for the past three years. The trio also confessed to having executed attack on a business and robbing Rs 1.5 lakh in Wazirganj on June 28.

Significantly, the gangsters fell in the police net even though they confessed being involved in over half-a-dozen heinous crimes, including murder, attempt to murder, and robbery in Madiaon, Gudamba and Vikas Nagar. Besides robbery, the group also accepted contracts for murder and attempt to murder not only in Lucknow but in other districts too.

Gudamba police laid hands on Bablu Rawat alias Rahul of Batha Sabauli, Vikas Nagar following a tip-off that the latter was involved in suspicious activities. The police picked up Bablu, a wholesale vegetable contractor, for interrogation.

In the course of interrogation, Bablu left police officials stunned as he confessed his involvement in several cases of heinous crimes. He revealed names of his associates Mohammad Javed alias Pappu of Shri Nagar Mohibullahpur locality in Madiaon and Mohammad Shanu of Shivpuri Husainabad, Thakurganj. The cops nabbed the duo too.

Bablu, who had joined the gang of hardcore criminal Ramma of Vikas Nagar about five years back, had formed his own gang after his mentor was killed three years ago.

The trio later revealed about a robbery they had executed around 10.30 pm on June 28 near Globe Park in Wazirganj. Bablu said Shanu, who also ran an embroidery workshop, was tipped-off about this target by his acquaintances Sonu and Mohammad Aftab, both of Husainabad, Thakurganj.

The gang was informed that distributor of a leading mobile company Gaurav Shukla carried hefty amount with him after closing his shop at Maulviganj daily.

The gang members laid a trap and intercepted Shukla while the latter was returning home on his mobike. The criminals initially tried to snatch the bag containing cash from the victim and later opened fire at him when he offered resistance. Shukla suffered bullet injury and fell on the road while the assailants fled the scene with the bag.

The cops on Thursday recovered the bag containing all documents including cheques and the cash book which Shukla had mentioned in his FIR.

Bablu revealed that he had purchased a Maruti van while Shanu bought a motorcycle from the cash looted. The police recovered the vehicles too besides the weapons used in the crime.