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Gangster shot in leg in encounter in South Delhi

The suspect, Saddam Hussain, is a member of a gang led by jailed gangster Neeraj Bawana and was wanted in seven cases, including a recent shooting in south Delhi’s Kotla Mubarakpur, said Chinmoy Biswal, deputy commissioner of police (south-east).

cities Updated: Aug 02, 2018 12:19 IST
Shiv Sunny
Shiv Sunny
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
The weapon used in the shooting has been seized. Cases against Hussain include extortion and under the Arms Act, said the DCP.(Photo: Shutterstock)

A 24-year-old alleged criminal was shot in his leg early Thursday in a shoot-out near south Delhi’s Millennium Bus Depot, police said.

The suspect, Saddam Hussain, is a member of a gang led by jailed gangster Neeraj Bawana and was wanted in seven cases, including a recent shooting in south Delhi’s Kotla Mubarakpur, said Chinmoy Biswal, deputy commissioner of police (south-east).

A policeman was also shot on the chest in the encounter but his bullet-proof vest saved him, Biswal said.

The DCP said police were pursuing Hussain for the last two days. Following a tip-off that he would be visiting a place in Ashram early morning Thursday, a police team set up barricades on the main road near Millennium Depot, close to Sarai Kale Khan.

“Hussain was spotted approaching on a motorcycle around 5.15 am. When he saw police waiting for him, he tried to take to the footpath, but his motorcycle wouldn’t climb the high footpath and got stuck. When he realised he couldn’t escape, he began firing at the policemen. The police returned the fire and hit him in his leg,” said the DCP.

Hussain was rushed to a hospital where he is out of danger, said the officer. The weapon used in the shooting has been seized. Cases against Hussain include extortion and under the Arms Act, said the DCP.

First Published: Aug 02, 2018 12:19 IST