Dreaded criminal shot dead
POLICE AND sleuths of Special Operation Group (SOG) shot dead a notorious criminal during an encounter in Nadesar area under the Cantonment police station on Monday late night. The criminal who was killed carried a reward on his arrest. An accomplice of the deceased managed to flee taking advantage of darkness.
The killed criminal was wanted in connection with the murder of a newspaper hawker and several cases of loot. Police have recovered a revolver, a countrymade pistol and a motorcycle from the scene.
According to information from CO Cantonment, Santosh Singh, the cops got a tip-off that two motorcycle-borne miscreants were coming to Suwar Barwa area from the Central Jail side to commit a loot.
Soon afterwards, the cops and members of SOG laid their trap in the area and waited for the miscreants. Following the presence of police on the route, the miscreants attempted to escape, opening fire on the police team. The cops, deployed near a church in Nadesar, returned the fire. As a consequence, pillion rider was shot and slumped on the road, while his accomplice driving the bike, threw it on the road and fled the scene.
The criminal killed has been identified as Prakash alias Painter, a resident of Nai Basti in Pandeypur area. He was also involved in the murder of hawker Kishun Verma and attack and loot on the banquet manager of Hotel Taj Ganges last month. The district police had declared a reward of Rs 2,500 on his arrest.
Another accomplice of the deceased, Asharfi had been shot dead by the police in an encounter recently.
Prakash and Asharfi had been running a gang in the trans-Varuna area for the last five to six years.
SSP Dr GK Goswami appreciated the police team for the successful encounter.
The police have taken on remand Ajay Patel, a notorious criminal and an active member of deceased Prakash’s gang for interrogation to find out his involvement in some heinous crimes.
Patel was also wanted along with Prakash and Asharfi in connection with the fatal attack and loot of manager of hotel Taj Ganges last month.
The accused was brought to the Cantonment police station where the SSP and CO Cantonment started interrogating him. He admitted his involvement in several crimes, including loot and theft, with Prakash and Asharfi in the last five years.