Police hunt for two top UP gangsters
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Police hunt for two top UP gangsters

Special squads have begun a massive combing operation for Munna Bajrangi, and his top shooter Attar-ur-Rehman, reports Abhishek Sharan.

india Updated: Jan 06, 2007 22:26 IST

Alerted by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the police are scouring the city for two top Uttar Pradesh (UP) gangsters wanted in several cases of murder and who carry on their head a reward of Rs 5 lakh each.

Special squads have begun a massive combing operation for Munna Bajrangi, 39, and his top shooter Attar-ur-Rehman, 42, the prime accused in the contract killing of UP legislator Krishnanand Rai of the BJP in November 2005. The CBI suspects the gangsters are hiding in the city.

The CBI communication to the Crime Branch (CB), a copy of which is in the possession of HT, mentions that anybody giving information on the whereabouts of Bajrangi and Rehman and which helps in nabbing them will receive Rs 5 lakh for each of the two gangsters. Informants have been asked to contact the agency on telephone number 011-24361644.

Bajrangi, born Prem Prakash Singh, and Rehman alias Babu are both also wanted in over a dozen cases of murder each, according to police sources, none of whom wished to be named in view of the sensitive nature of the operation.

A senior police officer, who is a part of the combing operation, said Bajrangi and Babu enjoyed tremendous clout in Uttar Pradesh and were very powerful, in terms of both manpower and firepower.

"Bajrangi keeps 24 personal bodyguards armed with AK-56s for his protection," the officer who requested anonymity in view of the sensitive nature of the operation that he is a part of. "Babu is his top contract killer who enjoys the reputation of penetrating even 'Z' security to eliminate his target."

The CBI alert, issued by its Delhi-based Special Crimes Branch that is investigating the Rai murder case, was sent to the Crime Branch (CB) on December 31, revealed a top police source. The CBI sought cooperation in tracking down Bajrangi and Babu, as it was suspected they had taken refuge in the city with the help of sympathisers spread across the city, especially in the western suburbs.

When asked about the CB operation, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Detection) Dhananjay Kamlakar of the CB said: "I do not want to comment on whether or not we have received the CBI alert on Bajrangi and Babu. But yes, we do get such communications on criminals like these two men. I do not want to want say anything more as it will hamper our work."

Email Abhishek Sharan: abhishek.sharan@hindustantimes.com

First Published: Jan 06, 2007 22:21 IST