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Gangsters shot dead in Delhi encounter

Two gangsters, wanted in connection with several cases of murder and extortion, were killed in northwest Delhi.

india Updated: Jun 18, 2006 09:07 IST

Two gangsters, wanted in connection with several cases of murder and extortion, were killed in an encounter with the police in northwest Delhi early on Sunday.

Satish Chaudhary and his associate Vijay Pandit were shot dead by sleuths of the Special Cell near Rithala metro railway station in Rohini in the wee hours, Joint Commissioner (Special Cell) Karnail Singh informed.

Acting on a tip-off, the vehicle in which they were travelling was intercepted near a park.

They were shot dead after they refused to surrender and started firing at the police, he said.

Singh said a 9mm pistol, .30 mm pistol were recovered from them. The car in which they were travelling was also seized.

Chaudhary, a resident of Chirag Delhi, had escaped from police custody from Agra in December last year and was on the run since then.

He was carrying rewards of Rs 50,000 and Rs 25,000 on his head declared by Uttar Pradesh police and Delhi police respectively.

Around thirty cases of murder, extortion and kidnapping were lodged against him.

He was also an accused in the killing of an IAS officer in Lucknow, a double murder in Etah and the killing of two persons in Malviya Nagar in the city.

Pandit was operating along with Chaudhary for the last three years and was involved in a shootout in a Gurgaon court early this year which led to the death of one person.

Haryana Police was on the lookout for him in connection with the attack.

First Published: Jun 18, 2006 08:45 IST