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Feared criminal Hakla arrested after gunfight near farmhouse in Delhi

Hakla was arrested following a brief encounter with the police near a farmhouse in southwest Delhi early on Wednesday.

india Updated: Feb 21, 2019 23:47 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Additional commissioner of police (crime) Rajiv Ranjan said Raju Khandelwal alias Hakla, a noted criminal fired at a head constable in a bid to escape after his car was intercepted. The bullet missed the head constable.(REUTERS)

A 43-year-old man, involved in at least 113 cases, including those of murder, dacoity, robbery and extortion, was arrested following a brief encounter near a farmhouse in southwest Delhi’s Kapashera on Wednesday. One bullet was fired from each side, but no one was hurt in the firing, police said.

Additional commissioner of police (crime) Rajiv Ranjan said Raju Khandelwal alias Hakla, a wanted criminal fired a bullet at head constable Brij Lal in a bid to escape when his car was intercepted by the police. Lal ducked and he escaped unhurt.

“The bullet hit the wall of the farmhouse. In retaliation, constable Dharam Raj fired in the air. The other police personnel then overpowered Raju. They also snatched his countrymade pistol,” the additional CP said, adding Raju has cases against him at the Anand Parbat police station.

Deputy commissioner of police (crime) Bhisham Singh said Raju was also wanted in a case of attack on crime branch officers, which took place during a raid in Dwarka on February 2.

Police had then arrested a suspected criminal Sunny Dogra, after he fired at the police party when asked to surrender. Dogra’s interrogation revealed that the pistol he used to fire on the police personnel was supplied to him by Raju, the DCP said.

DCP Singh said his team received information about Raju’s movements in Kapashera area. On Tuesday night, the team learnt that Raju would be going towards Dwarka in a car and he would be using the Kapashera Bijwasan road that connects to Dwarka Link Road.

“Our team laid a trap and intercepted Raju’s car. He was caught after a brief encounter,” he said.

First Published: Feb 21, 2019 21:59 IST