Dreaded inter-state gangster Sameer Jat was shot dead during a brief gunfight with the police near Moti-jheel hills on the outskirts of Gwalior city on Tuesday.
Police had put up barricades after receiving inputs that Jat, 28, was in the town. Riding a bike, Jat and one of his accomplices tried to jump over a barricade when the police asked him to stop. But sensing he had been surrounded, Jat fired at the police.
He was shot dead in the retaliatory fire, but his companion managed to escape. A .32 bore pistol and some used cartridges were recovered at the encounter site.
Last week, Jat made a dramatic escape from a court in Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, after firing at the policemen who had brought him to the court premises. A constable was injured in the firing.
The escape had been made possible by one of his girlfriends, Shobha, who managed to con the policemen and hand over a pistol to the gangster.
Jat had taken to crime after his father's murder. From a petty criminal, he became a sharp-shooter, specialising in contract killing and extortion. Another criminal, Tinku Tomar, who is lodged at Bhopal central jail, had initiated him into the wider circle of gang crime and used him against his rivals.
Though a native of UP, he had been active in MP as well as Haryana. Senior superintendent of police Santosh Kumar Singh said Jat was involved in more than half-a-dozen cases of murder and abductions, making him a prized catch when he was arrested in Gwalior in 2012.
During his imprisonment at a Gwalior jail, Jat had been running his criminal syndicate using cellphones that were recovered from his cell. He had made more than 500 calls to people in Haryana, Delhi, UP and Rajasthan, 190 to his girlfriend alone.
Subsequently, senior officials had conducted a raid and had seized the cell phones hidden in his jail cell. It was also found that certain police officials were constantly in touch with him. Later, he was shifted to UP jail. Apparently, it was his nemesis that had brought him to MP again, as he was killed here on Tuesday.