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Two Chhota Rajan aides killed in Uttaranchal

Two men believed to have links with the Chhota Rajan gang were shot dead by the Uttar Pradesh Police in a gun battle.

india Updated: Nov 29, 2006 17:39 IST

Two men believed to have links with the Chhota Rajan gang were shot dead by the Uttar Pradesh police in a gun battle in Uttaranchal's Nainital on Wednesday, police officials said.

Rohit Sharma alias Vicky, a sharp-shooter of the Santosh Shetty group that is part of Rajan's gang and a native of Allahabad, was killed with accomplice Mahendra Jaiswal on Tuesday morning, a police official in Mumbai said.

Vicky, 26, was wanted for shootouts in Thane district, including a recent attempt on the life of Kalyan Dombivili Municipal Corporation's opposition leader Ramesh Mhatre.

Nainital's Senior Superintendent of Police Alok Sharma said the two gangsters were killed in a gun battle with Uttar Pradesh's Special Task Force at Chorgalian in Kathgodam.

Acting on a tip-off that the duo was hiding in the area, the STF cordoned off the area and asked the men to surrender. But they opened fire in a bid to escape and were killed in the ensuing shootout, Sharma said.

Police officials in Mumbai said 18 members of the Rajan gang were arrested in a recent clampdown on its activities after growing instances of shootouts in Thane.

The gang often attacked wealthy and influential people in the area to terrify others to meet their extortion demands.

The officials said Vicky recruited youths from Uttar Pradesh who returned to their hometowns after carrying out attacks, making it difficult for investigators to track them.

Maharashtra police had collected a lot of information on Vicky that helped the STF in tracing him.

"Barring Santosh Shetty himself, the gang is now entirely wiped out," a police officer in Mumbai said.

First Published: Nov 29, 2006 15:48 IST