Ferozepur shootout: Gahia, Bagga fugitive since 2015, escaped possible arrest on Feb 8punjab Updated: Feb 12, 2017 12:12 IST
Boota Khan, alias Bagga.(HT File Photo)
Among the five men arrested after an encounter in Ferozepur on Saturday morning are Gahia Khan and Boota Khan, alias Bagga, both of whom are wanted in several criminal cases in Malerkotla and other areas, and were declared fugitives in 2015.
They had escaped possible arrest last Wednesday after a controversial encounter in Jitwal village of Malerkotla in which a village youth was killed. The killing was initially attributed to crossfire, and the residents accused the cops of having gunned down an innocent man; but the police later named the deceased as one of the gangsters. The same day, Gahia had fired at Kamalu Deep, 28, near Malerkotla, injuring him in the leg.
A resident of Matoi village in Sangrur district, Gahia was already facing 12 cases, including those of murder and drug smuggling, dating back to 2010.
Bagga, a resident of Takhar Khurd village, was facing 18 cases, including murder and robbery, since 2012. Gahia had allegedly shot a man, Mohamed Yacoub, in Makerkotla on September 17 last year. A month before that, he had shot at Mohamed Imran, another man in Malerkotla, who was injured.
Gahia would be brought to Malerkotla on production warrants, said superintendent of police, Malerkotla, Raminder Singh.