Haryana Special Task Force arrests four shooters within days of being revived
Police arrest four shooters of Manjeet Mahal gang who were going to murder a rival. Four loaded pistols, 20 live cartridges and a motorcycle recoveredgurgaon Updated: Jan 14, 2018 23:40 IST
The recently revived Special Task Force (STF), which is based in Gurgaon, got its first taste of success when it arrested four shooters of the Manjeet Mahal gang, the STF spokesperson said on Sunday.
The STF Gurgaon team initiated an operation after they got information that four shooters of the Manjeet Mahal gang were going to murder a member of the Jyoti Nandu gang, the spokesperson said.
When the team tried to round up these shooters, they fired on the police team and tried to escape. After much toil, the STF team was able to apprehend all the shooters of the gang from Surkhpur road near Jhajjar, police said, adding that four loaded pistols, 20 live cartridges and one white-coloured Apache motorcycle were recovered from the accused.
The arrested accused were identified as Sachin, a resident of Dadanpur of Jhajjar; Deepak, a resident of Kharhar of Jhajjar; Abhishek, a resident of Barwala in Hisar and Uttam, also a resident of Jhajjar.
A case was registered by the STF against the four at the Jhajjar police station under sections 186 (obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions), 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), and 307 (attempt to murder) of the IPC and Arms Act.
The accused have been arrested and handed over to the local police for further investigation, the spokesperson said.
According to the preliminary interrogation, the four men have been found to be involved in other criminal activities, such as the theft of a Swift DZire car from Kanjhawala area in New Delhi on November 15. They were also involved in the attempted murder of a resident of Najafgard in Delhi on January 11, identified as Deepak. In August 2015, they had also attempted to murder a woman who lives in Kharhar, the accused confessed to the police.
Last week, chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar ordered the revival of the STF. The STF was disbanded in 2010 by the previous Congress government following extortion charges.
The decision comes in the back ground of the National Capital Region (NCR) witnessing a rise in criminal cases and gang rivalries.
According to the data by the National Crime Records Bureau, Haryana’s crime rate was third highest in the country, and it ranked sixth in crimes against women.
The STF, which will be based at Bhondsi in Gurgaon because of its proximity to New Delhi and the NCR, will concentrate on rounding up drug dealers, breaking their supply chain, apprehending inter-state criminal gangs, illegal weapon suppliers, busting gangs active in crimes such as ATM and cattle thefts, among others.