A SHARP shooter with Dawood Ibrahim was killed in a shootout on Wednesday when he was trying to escape from police custody.
Noor Baksh had been part of the group that attacked Chhota Rajan in Bangkok in 2000.
The shootout, which left four policemen injured, took place in Alambagh between Baksh and a joint team of the Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force (STF) and the Lucknow Crime Branch.
STF Inspector Avinash Mishra said they received information that the gangster was planning an escape. Baksh was using a mobile phone in jail that was being tapped by the STF.
Mishra said an STF team would follow Baksh when he attended his case hearing in Lucknow. On Wednesday, too, the STF followed the vehicle taking Baksh to court. Four armed constables were escorting him.
Mishra said that as the vehicle passed the Jail Road crossing, armed men on two motorcycles intercepted it and started hurling crude bombs. As the vehicle was stopped, Baksh stepped out and took a .9mm pistol from his associates. The exchange of fire started after the STF and Crime Branch team arrived.
Baksh had first been arrested by the STF in Hazratganj in October 2000. The gangster then escaped in May 2001. He had reportedly paid Rs 19 lakh to the police team escorting him. However, Baksh was arrested four days later near Jama Masjid in Delhi. He again escaped, this time from a train on way to Banglore from Lucknow near Baitul in Madhya Pradesh in October 2005. He was caught on November 24.