Gangster Sandeep Gadoli, wanted in 36 cases, including murder and extortion, was gunned down at an Andheri hotel on Sunday morning by a crime branch team from Gurgaon, after he refused to surrender.
The shootout — the city’s first encounter in nearly five years — began after Gadoli fired two rounds at the police team and injured two of their constables. Police sources said Gadoli was injured when the team retaliated. He was taken to Cooper hospital where he died. Gadoli, according to the police, was hiding at the ‘Airport Metro’ hotel in Andheri (East) with two accomplices and two women (identified as foreigners). They had booked three rooms — Gadoli was staying in one of them, his accomplices in the second and the women in the third.
Around 10.30am, a team of eight policemen reached the hotel, acting on specific information that Gadoli was holed up there. They studied the area, three policemen waited outside the hotel and five went inside to catch Gadoli. They found out his room number, knocked on his door and asked him to surrender. Instead, Gadoli fired two rounds, the police said.
The shots hurt head constable Paramjit Yahlawat and constable Vikram Singh. The team then opened fire in retaliation and Gadoli was shot four times.
While the Mumbai police have registered a case under section 307 of the IPC against Gadoli and his accomplices, deputy commissioner of police (Zone 10) Vinayak Deshmukh said the Haryana police had not informed the local police about their operation.
Gurgaon police officials in the city, however, claim they followed procedure and told the Mumbai police control room as soon as they reached the hotel.
“The local police also reached the spot when the operation was going on,” said police inspector Amit Kuhar of the Gurgaon crime branch.“The Mumbai commissioner of police has transferred the investigation into the encounter at the Airport Metro hotel to the Mumbai crime branch,” said Dhananjay Kulkarni, the spokesperson for the Mumbai police.