Kale, a gangster who is wanted for the murder of Arshi Malik in March, was arrested by the police following a gun battle in Karhera area of Ghaziabad on Thursday morning. He was shot twice in the left leg.
Kale carried a bounty of ₹50,000. He is wanted in several cases of murder, attempt to murder, extortion and robbery in Ghaziabad and Delhi.
The exchange of fire took place around 6.30am, when Kale was coming from Ghaziabad city in his Maruti Zen car with another wanted man, the police said.
Salmantaj Patil, superintendent of police (city) for Ghaziabad, said, “Acting on a tip-off, the police started following him. He opened fire at the police personnel near the Karhera exit.”
“A shootout broke out between the two parties, after which Kale, who was in the rear seat of the vehicle, was shot twice in his left leg twice by the police,” he said.
The police nabbed Kale, but his companion managed to flee the spot after abandoning the car.
“According to intelligence inputs, the duo had entered the city on Thursday morning with an aim to kill Iqbal, brother of Arshi Malik,” the SP said.
On March 11, Kale had gunned down Arshi Malik, a cloth trader, at an Indirapuram highrise.
A year before that, Kale is also alleged to have killed 19-year-old Amjad Malik, Arshi’s brother, while the brothers were travelling in a car on Kanavani bridge in Vasundhara.
Kale’s history with Arshi Malik goes back to 2011, when Kale tried to extort money from Malik in Pasonda.
“On questioning, he revealed that he was going to Pasonda village where Arshi’s ancestral home is located. Arshi’s sister is getting married and hence, all members of the family were together and were celebrating,” Patil said.
“Kale wanted to gun down his (Arshi’s) brother Iqbal on the day of the marriage to instil fear among the family members,” he said.
The police recovered a sub-machine gun, a 9-mm gun with 104 live rounds, two 0.30 bore pistols with 16 live rounds and a Maruti Zen car.
“The sophisticated weaponry indicates that Kale had planned to murder Iqbal,” Patil said.
After the shootout, Kale was taken to Narinder Mohan Hospital for preliminary treatment and later shifted to MMG Hospital. “Kale suffered two critical gunshot wounds on his left leg. Though the bullet has been removed, his leg bone has been fractured,” AK Gupta, chief medical superintendent of MMG Hospital, said.
“It will take at least two to three weeks for him to walk,” Gupta said.
Kale is also accused of murdering a milk trader in Pasonda village of Sahibabad area on September 2.