THE SPECIAL Task Force (STF) sleuths busted a gang involved in counterfeit notes trade and claimed to have arrested nine persons and recovered samples of fake currency from their possession in Gomti Nagar here on Thursday.
The cops seized genuine notes worth Rs 1.13 lakh collected from a customer in exchange of delivery of fake currency worth Rs 3.5 lakhs. However, the kingpin of the gang, Shamshuddin gave slip to the cops, as two GRP constables deployed in Gonda alerted him about the STF team chasing him. According to STF personnel, the constables also are active members of the gang. A report was being dispatched to the senior GRP officials in this connection.
Earlier, acting on a tip-off, the STF team led by ASP Rajesh Pandey and Dy SP Jai Prakash laid a trap and caught Pradip Kumar Pathak of Mainpuri and Tahir of Azamgarh. The duo was carrying a packet of genuine currency, which the STF team claimed was received from a customer.
Following interrogation of the two, the cops arrested seven others involved in the racket.
They were identified as Ashok Gautam, Manish, Jaideo Gautam, Nandram, Shailendra Gautam, Anil Trivedi and Varun Mishra, all residents of Kanpur.
The gang leader Shamshuddin, however, managed to flee from Charbagh station after being tipped-off about the movement of STF cops around.
Several villagers in Malihabad area on Thursday hacked to death a history-sheeter who used to extort money from the villagers. The incident took place late tonight. The gangster was identified as Vijay Kanhar.
Trouble began at 10.30 pm when Vijay, a resident of Garhi Sanjar Khan village, accompanied by his aide Pradeep equipped with a rifle and country-made pistols reached the Kunjra Kalan village under Malihabad police circle.
Vijay entered a house of a villager and asked the head of the family to arrange for his dinner and liquor. Fearing gangster’s fury, the innocent villager obliged him. After having his dinner, Vijay took a round of the village and started forcing few of the affluent villagers for the ‘share’, which he used to collect at regular interval from them. While several of them coughed up the money, two of the villagers requested Vijay to come later, as they were unable to pay today itself.
The drunken criminal lost his temper and started beating up the villager brutally with the butt of the rifle.
On listening to screech of the villager, neighbours also gathered on the spot and got enraged seeing the merciless act of the gangster. The villagers lost control and attacked the gangster and his associate with sticks.
In a fit of anger, a villager picked up a chopper and attacked Vijay hysterically causing his death on the spot. Pradeep, however, succeeded in fleeing the spot.
The villagers later informed the police, which rushed to spot and started investigation into the matter.