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Wanted gangster among two held after shootout in Gurugram

The accused, identified as Amit Dagar and Anil alias Lath, are members of the notorious Kaushal gang.

gurgaon Updated: Aug 11, 2018 07:35 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Police said Amit Dagar suffered a bullet wound in his right knee.(HT File)

Gurugram The crime branch of the city police has arrested two criminals, including a most-wanted gangster, after a shootout on the Dwarka Expressway on Friday at around 1.15 am, said the police.

The accused, identified as Amit Dagar and Anil alias Lath, allegedly were members of Kaushal gang, which has been operational in Gurugram for over a decade. The alleged kingpin of the gang, Kaushal, is on the run.

Gurugram police had announced a reward of Rs 1 lakh in the past, while Kaithal police had kept a bounty of ₹5,000 for information leading to the arrest of Dagar.

The police said Dagar and his aide, Anil (from Kakrola in Delhi), were arrested on Friday after a shootout near Dhanwapur chowk in Rajindra Nagar.

The accused were produced in the district court, on Friday evening, and sent to the police custody for four days.

A case has been registered against the accused under Section 307 (attempt to murder) of the Indian Penal Code(IPC) and relevant sections of the Arms Act, said the police.

Inspector Sajjan Singh from the crime branch, Sector 10 police station, said Dagar received a bullet wound on his right knee in the crossfire.

“After a tip-off that the criminals were on their way to the city, a police team had set up a barrier on an approach road. When the accused spotted the police, they tried to escape by ramming their i20 car into the barricade,” said Singh.

The police said the accused got out of the car and opened fire at the policemen, firing four shots.

“The police too fired four shots in retaliation, one of which hit Dagar on his right knee. Both were arrested after a brief chase. No policeman was injured,” said Singh, in-charge, crime branch, Sector 10 police station. Dagar was taken to Gurugram’s Civil Hospital for treatment.

Sumit Kuhar, deputy commissioner of police (crime), said Dagar was number ‘two’ on the list of most-wanted gangsters in Gurugram and was the main operating hand of the gang.

Kuhar said Dagar, a school drop-out and resident of village Naharpur Rupa, was a history-sheeter and allegedly has cases of murder, extortion, contract killing and vehicle theft registered against him in Gurugram and Kaithal.

“Preliminary interrogation has revealed that Dagar had committed at least eight murders after he came out on parole in 2016. After coming out of jail, he had been involved in extorting money by targeting property dealers, businessmen and bookies,” said Kuhar.

One foreign-made pistol, a country-made pistol, three live cartridges and an i20 car were seized from the accused. The foreign-made pistol was recovered from Dagar and the country-made gun was seized from Lath, said the police.

First Published: Aug 11, 2018 07:35 IST