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Anandpal Singh, Rajasthan’s most-wanted gangster killed in police encounter

Anandpal Singh was killed during a raid by the special operation group (SOG) of the Rajasthan Police at Malasar in Churu district. 

jaipur Updated: Jul 04, 2017 15:07 IST
Deep Mukherjee
Deep Mukherjee
Hindustan Times
Anandpal Singh,Rajasthan,Churu
A photo of Anandpal Singh posted on a Facebook page. (Facebook )

After eluding the police for almost two years, dreaded Rajasthan gangster Anandpal Singh finally met his end in a police encounter late on Saturday night.

Singh was killed during a raid by the special operation group (SOG) of Rajasthan police at Malasar in Churu district.

“Singh died in police firing in Churu’s Malasar late on Saturday night. A few police personnel have also sustained injuries in retaliatory firing by the gangster,” Rajasthan director general of police Manoj Bhatt told reporters on Sunday.

The DGP said that a fierce gun battle had ensued between the police and Singh with the gangster opening fire with automatic weapons.

“We have recovered two AK 47 guns from Singh with which he fired around 100 rounds on the police. Two of our men got injured in the firing but retaliated bravely without caring for their lives which resulted in the death of Singh,” said Bhatt.

He added that SOG inspector Suraveer Singh had also sustained fracture in his hand.

The officials said that the SOG has arrested his brother Rupendrapal alias Vicky and cousin Devendrapal alias Gattu from Sirsa in Haryana earlier on Saturday evening.

Both the members carried a bounty of ₹1 lakh each and were the founding members of Singh’s dreaded Shekhawati gang.

It was from them that the police got to know about the location of Singh, said Bhatt. The Haryana police too played a crucial role in the operation, he said.

“We have decided to give gallantry promotion to emergency response team commando Sohan Singh and constable Dharampal. We will also recommend their names to the centre for gallantry medals,” said the DGP.

Sohan Singh, who sustained several bullet injuries, is currently admitted at the SMS Hospital.

“A surgery has been conducted and he is better now. He sustained bullet injuries in his back,” said a senior hospital official.

First Published: Jun 25, 2017 19:52 IST