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Man wanted for murder of Gurugram builder held after shootout near Dwarka expressway

The accused, Rajesh alias Gorkha, was involved in a shooting incident in Sarai Alawardi near Palam Vihar on July 18, during which his cousin, Mahesh Kumar Yadav, was shot dead by five persons.

gurgaon Updated: Jul 31, 2018 14:32 IST
Pavneet Singh Chadha
Pavneet Singh Chadha
Hindustan Times, Gurugram
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A police team at the scene of the shootout on the Dwarka Expressway on Sunday. (Parveen Kumar / HT Photo )

The crime branch of Gurugram police arrested a history sheeter, who had allegedly shot his cousin brother over a property dispute on July 18, after a shootout on the Dwarka Expressway on Sunday afternoon. However, his aide managed to escape during the exchange of fire, police said.

Police said one motorcycle (a Royal Enfield) and a 9mm pistol were recovered from the accused.

Inspector Manoj Verma from the crime branch, Palam Vihar said the accused, identified by his first name Rajesh alias Gorkha, sustained a bullet wound in his left calf leg in the crossfire.

On July 18, the accused was involved in a shooting incident in Sarai Alawardi near Palam Vihar, during which his cousin, Mahesh Kumar Yadav, was shot dead by five persons.

Sharma, a property dealer, was about to leave a bus stop after helping his nine-year-old twins and nephew board their school bus at 6.30am when the alleged attackers fired seven rounds at him.

Police said the encounter took place between 2pm and 2.30pm near Garhi Harsaru, Sector 88 after a tip-off was received that the accused was travelling towards Daulatabad with his aide, Rahul.

“When the accused saw police presence at a barrier (naka), he opened fire and a bullet hit the police car. He (accused) attempted to give the police a slip by taking his motorcycle into a non-motorable road,” Verma said.

Police said their plans went awry as the kuchha road was slippery.

“After a brief chase of 150 metres by the police in two vehicles, they abandoned the motorcycle and started running on foot, with Rajesh firing a total of four shots at the police. He was hit in his left leg after a retaliatory shot was fired by the police,” Verma said.

The accused was immediately taken to a government hospital in Sector 10 for treatment.

A police officer, privy to investigation, said the accused tried to fire more rounds, but his semi-automatic gun jammed.

“We received specific inputs that the accused was planning to kill Sharma’s brother,” the officer said.

Police said a case has been registered against him under Sections 307 (attempt-to-murder), 325 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt), 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and relevant sections of the Arms Act at Sector 10 police station.

Verma said since the accused was unfit to record a statement, the police are yet to interrogate him about other suspects in the property dealer shooting incident.

“He is a history sheeter with over a dozen cases of murder, loot, attempt-to-murder and dacoity registered against him,” Verma said.

Government Railway Police (GRP), which was conducting the probe, had earlier booked the victim’s cousins, Gorkha and Devender, their mother and four unidentified persons under sections 302 (murder), 34 (common intention) of the IPC and relevant sections of the Arms Act.

First Published: Jul 30, 2018 14:50 IST