Notorious Haryana gangster Ajay Kumar alias Kannu --- accused of killing an army officer’s father and brother and carrying a reward of Rs 5 lakh on his head --- was shot dead in an encounter with police at Jagaram Tirath village in Bathinda district on Thursday.
Kannu’s three accomplices, who were travelling with him in a car, have been arrested.
A Haryana Police special team, led by deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Rahul Dev, was tracking Kannu movements for the past few days.
Police said Kannu and his men reached the Jagaram Tirath village on Thursday. They were provided shelter by one Bhola Singh, a seasoned criminal, whom Kannu met in a Bhiwani jail years ago.
DSP Rahul Dev said Kannu’s mobile phones were put on surveillance. “We came to know about his location in a Bathinda village on Thursday morning following which we roped in Bathinda police to find him. Around 9 am we cordoned off the area where he was hiding following which the gangster started firing indiscriminately at the police party with his 9mm pistol”, the DSP said.
Police fired in retaliation and two bullets hit Kannu in his stomach. “He tried to run away, but was overpowered. The entire operation lasted around 30 minutes. The gangster died while being rushed to a hospital,” said the DSP.
The police have recovered two .312 revolvers, 9mm pistol, two .32 pistols, .312 pistol and 50 live cartridges from the three accused, who have been identified as Deepak alias Ford, Mohit alias Neetu, Rakesh alias Lala. Bhola, who provided shelter to the accused, has also been arrested.
Bathinda senior superintendent of police SSP Swapan Sharma has gathered details of the operation from Haryana cops.
13 cases, had contested panchayat polls
Over 13 criminal cases have been registered against Kannu, a Sonepat resident, in several police stations in Haryana, said the DSP.
He was evading arrest in the May 12 double murder of Major Sushil Chikkara’s father Jagbir Singh and his brother Anil Chhikara as they didn’t vote for him in the panchayat elections.
He had also allegedly murdered a resident of Karawari village on May 8, besides critically injuring another one who is battling for life in a hospital.
“Kannu had lost panchayat elections from Karawari village by 45 votes, following which he vowed to kill 45 people from his village randomly”, the DSP claimed.