A criminal carrying a Rs. 1-lakh reward for his arrest was beaten to death by a mob at Saidpur near Gurgaon and his brother was admitted to a Delhi hospital in a critical condition, the police said on Monday.
The man was identified as Harischand, 45, of village Mandothi in district Jhajjar of Haryana. He was wanted in more than a dozen cases of murder, attempt to murder and extortion.
His brother Sanjeev, who also has a Rs. 1-lakh reward on his head, was injured in the fight on Sunday night and has been admitted to Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi.
The four-member gang had gone to the village with an intention to commit robbery.
The villagers have been keeping a tight vigil as the village has been witnessing a rise in theft cases in the last few days.
While two men came in a Santro car, others followed them on a bike.
The villagers stopped the car for checking. Finding their behaviour suspicious, the villagers started manhandling them.
Soon their accomplices on the bike tried to intervene and asked the villagers to leave them alone as the former were police officers.
But hell broke loose when the villagers found that the bike they were riding had two number plates. In the meanwhile, one of them took out a gun and opened fire on the crowd.
Two villagers were also injured in the incident, said a police officer.
“One of the criminals died when he hit a pillar in his bid to escape,” said a villager. Three pistols, more than a dozen live cartridges and Rs. 35,000 cash were found in the car.
“Besides other incriminating documents, including fake police ID cards, were recovered from them,” said a police officer.
The other two other criminals were identified as Ajit Singh and Kamlesh.
“We haven’t recorded the statements so far as none of them is in a condition to talk,” said another police officer.
The villagers demanded deployment of PCR vans in the area.