The Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force (STF) on Monday killed a notorious criminal Neeraj Singh in an encounter in Agra.
The state government had announced a reward of Rs 1 lakh on Neeraj after he escaped from police custody on March 16. The STF was tipped off that Neeraj was looking for a safe hideout in Ansal colony located in Sikandra area of Agra.
At around 4.45 am on Monday the STF team saw a person moving in the Sikandra area. When cops stopped him he tried to escape firing indiscriminately. The police team too fired on the escaping desperado and he was shot dead.
Wanted by the police in over two dozen cases of murder, loot and dacoity Neeraj along with his associates Vivek Verma and Monu Yadav killed two police constables Dharmendra Singh and Hareram on a passenger train between Baria Ram and Ugrasenpur Railway station while being escorted from Jaunpur district court to Allahabad.
Talking to the journalists the ADG (Law and Order) Brij Lal said the task to nab Neeraj was entrusted to STF. During investigation the SSP STF Naveen Arora and ASP Shahab Rashid Khan tracked the movement of Neeraj through electronic surveillance.
After escaping from police custody Neeraj went to Madhya Pradesh after staying there for few days he shifted his base to Maharashtra. He continued to shift his base from one city to another after staying in Mumbai he went to Surat, Sayan and Naushari in Gujarat.
When Neeraj came to know that police was tracking him he shifted to Mount Abu and then again to Jodhpur in Rajasthan. Later he contacted his associates on May 2 and planned to shift to Agra.
Brij Lal said Neeraj was involved in criminal activities since 2001 and had established a rein of terror in East UP. On July 19, 2001 he looted bus passengers in a road holdup in Jaunpur. On October 10, 2005 he killed Abhya Raj Yadav In Jaunpur and again on July 4 Neeraj Yadav was shot dead.
On November 21, 2006 Neeraj kidnapped Lok Nath Shukla a lawyer in Jaunpur and killed him. The hearing of this case was continuing in the court. The statement of the witness had been recorded and it was certain that court would give harsh punishment. To escape the punishment Neeraj planned escape from the train while he was escorted from the court to jail.