A 27-year-old man who is allegedly involved in 29 criminal cases was arrested by the special task force of Uttar Pradesh on Sunday after a brief exchange of fire in Ilanwas village in Sector 86.
According to the police, the accused Avnesh, also known as Anni, had fled police custody on June 17, 2016, when he was being taken from a jail in Aligarh for a hearing in Surajpur. On his way, he was taken to a local dhaba for a meal and he escaped police custody after adding sedatives to the food of the personnel accompanying him.
A resident of Khanoda village in Bulandshahr, Avnesh is alleged to have killed Vijay Pandit in Dadri in 2014. Pandit was a leader of Bharatiya Janata Party and his wife Geeta is the Dadri Nagar Panchayat chairman.
The police said that on Monday, they received a tip-off that Avnesh would come to Ilanwas village to meet his friends. Following the information, a team of the Noida special task force, led by assistant superintendent of police, Rajkumar Mishra, swung into action.
The police team cordoned the area off to ensure that Avnesh could not evade the police. Avnesh opened fire on the STF team and the exchange of gunfire lasted for almost 15 minutes.
“Five rounds were opened on our party, after which we also retaliated. The exchange of fire injured him in the right leg and we arrested him. We admitted him to the district hospital in Noida where he is undergoing treatment,” Mishra said.
The police recovered a Russian manufactured star marked pistol, worth Rs10 lakh, and two live cartridges from the accused.
STF officials said that Avnesh’s friend, who works in a beauty parlour, often met him at the Aligarh jail. She allegedly provided him with sedatives, which he used to escape from police custody. The police said they will also question the woman.
The police said that Avnesh had murdered his cousin in 2007 and was given a life term sentence. He was lodged in a jail in Aurangabad, where he was acquainted with Sunday Bhati, a gangster.
In the 2007 murder case, he was given bail by the Allahabad high court. The police said that Avnesh started working for Bhati after his release.