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Cops foil dacoity bid at trader’s house in Lucknow, arrest 5

Lucknow police claimed to have foiled a sensational dacoity at city trader’s house in yet another encounter with a gang of five dreaded criminals of Farrukhabad near Kukrail Bandha in Ghazipur police area.

lucknow Updated: Sep 14, 2017 14:53 IST
HT Correspondent
Three accused were arrested during police encounter.
Three accused were arrested during police encounter.(HT Photo)

The Lucknow police claimed to have foiled a sensational dacoity at city trader’s house in yet another encounter with a gang of five dreaded criminals of Farrukhabad near Kukrail Bandha in Ghazipur police area on Wednesday.

Two accused suffered bullet injuries in their legs reportedly during retaliatory firing by police while three others were arrested from the spot. The two injured accused are undergoing treatment at KGMU’s trauma centre in police custody.

Senior superintendent of police (SSP), Lucknow, Deepak Kumar said those arrested were identified as Anwar, Rehan Qureshi, Sadiq Hussain, Tehseeb and Vikas Dubey. He said they had planned to commit robbery at B-Block Indira Nagar, the residence of a wholesale grocery trader, Pradeep Bansal.

He said the assailants were tipped off that cash and valuables worth several crores were present at the trader’s house.

One of the injured robbers. (HT Photo)

The SSP said one Prince alias Chottu and the trader’s servant Basant has also been detained for grilling. He said probe revealed that Prince, who is son of a mason working at the house of the trader’s relative, is friend of one of the five robbers, Sadiq, who also had worked in the city for some time. He said Prince extracted information about the trader’s house and his family members and passed it on to Sadiq and his other accomplices.

He said Prince’s involvement is confirmed in the criminal conspiracy but Basant’s involvement is yet to be confirmed as initial quizzing suggested that he unknowingly leaked out the trader’s information to him.

Kumar said five assailants had come from their native places Farrukhabad in a car and were heading towards the trader’s house when the police team had an encounter with the gang. He said the police team intercepted the assailants’ car near Kukrail Bandha when they tried to flee after spotting police vehicles chasing them.

The two assailants, Anwar and Rehan Qureshi suffered bullet wound in their legs during retaliatory firing by police team. He said five weapons including two pistols and three country-made firearms have been recovered from them. He said the liquor diazepam used to tranquilise people, and instruments used to break house locks have also been recovered from their possession.

THIRD ENCOUNTER IN 15 DAYS

It is the third encounter since August 27 during which three criminals have been injured while one dreaded criminal was gunned down by the city police. Moreover, three others were arrested.

Earlier on September 1, Sunil Sharma, a shooter of gangster brothers Salim, Rustam and Sohrab, was gunned down in an encounter near the new international stadium, along Shaheed Path in Gomti Nagar. Sharma had escaped from police custody while being brought for trial from Hardoi jail to a city court on August 8. Soon after, he had demanded extortion amount of ₹20 lakh from Lucknow businessman Ajay Rastogi. Sharma carried reward of ₹15,000 on his head.

Similarly on August 27, Udai Raj, who was involved in dacoity at a carpenter’s house and gang rape with his 12-year-old daughter in a Para village, was critically injured in an encounter with the police on the city outskirts in Sarojininagar area. He too carried reward of ₹15,000 on his head.