The district police on Monday arrested notorious gangster Manoj Kumar alias Mauji wanted in over a dozen criminal cases after he was injured in an encounter in Ubha village under Mansa district.
The alleged gangster, a resident of Dialpura Mirza village, was nabbed while he, with another person Harbans Singh from Ubha village, was planning to kill a man who had deposed against Harbans in a murder case. Harbans and his accomplice managed to escape from the spot.
Interestingly, virtually enacting a scene of a film, Manoj opened fire at the police team with revolvers in his both hands. He has been admitted to Guru Gobind Singh medical college and hospital in Faridkot. The police have recovered two .32-bore revolvers, 4 live cartridges and eight shells of used cartridges from the spot.
Manoj Kumar is booked in as many as 18 criminal cases including two murder cases, four attempt to murder cases, cases of dacoit and robbery.
Addressing a press conference here on Monday SSP, Bathinda, Inder Mohan Singh Bhatii said that based on an input, a police party on Monday morning had gone to nab Mauji and near village Sukha Singh Wala when they received an information that Mauji along with two others was hiding in the fields near Ubha village and were about to attack a man in the village.
“When the police party asked Mauji to surrender, he, having revolvers in both his hands, opened fire at the cops and the cops also retaliated leaving him injured. Harbans, who was without any weapon, escaped from the spot while another person who was also with them and was on a motorcycle also ran away from the spot,” said Bhatti. In the latest case, he had shot dead a man in his village on May 14. Last week, the police had also booked four persons for allegedly sheltering Manoj Kumar.