Delhi Police’s Special Cell nabs criminal after gunfight | Delhi News - Times of India

Delhi Police’s Special Cell nabs criminal after gunfight | Delhi News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: A notorious criminal with 24 cases, including murders and snatchings, against him was shot at during an encounter with Delhi Police’s Special Cell in central Delhi on Monday afternoon.
The suspect, Raju (38), sustained gunshots in both his legs and is admitted to a hospital. He is stated to be out of danger. “Raju, who belongs to Bijnore in Uttar Pradesh, is involved in cases of murder, snatchings, attempt to murder, armed robbery, dacoity, arms smuggling, assault and criminal intimidation,” DCP (Special Cell) Pramod Kushwaha said.
Earlier, police had also invoked Gangster Act against him in Uttar Pradesh.
The suspect was tracked down by a team based on a tip-off. An informer told the cops that Raju would pass through Geeta Colony flyover from Shantivan side on his scooter between 4 pm and 5 pm on April 5. “Inspector Shiv Kumar and his team laid a trap and the accused was flagged down after being spotted and identified by the informer,” Kushwaha said.
The team members saw him taking the left turn for going towards ITO at 4.28pm. He was asked to surrender but he tried to accelerate and flee. In the melee, his scooter hit the railing and he fell off. Instead of surrendering, he allegedly whipped out his pistol and opened fire at the cops while trying to flee on foot. The policemen fired back during which he got shot and was overpowered. He was rushed to Lok Nayak Hospital for treatment.
“Five semi-automatic pistols of .32 bore with four live cartridges and empty shells were recovered from the accused at the time of his apprehension,” Kushwaha added.
In all, seven rounds were fired of which four were by the accused. A case under appropriate sections of law will be registered in Special Cell in this regard, said police.
“Raju had gone absconding after jumping bail granted to him due to corona spread in Delhi as a general policy matter,” the DCP said.
Raju was also convicted in a case of robbery in Paschim Vihar in Delhi.
Investigation has revealed that he had procured the pistols from a notorious arms manufacturer-cum-supplier named Richhpal Singh of Burahanpur in Madhya Pradesh. He was to sell the pistols to criminals in Delhi and Meerut.
Raju and his associate had planned to execute a contract killing of a person in Haridwar and had been offered a large amount of money for the job, cops have found. He was on his way to meet the associate when he was intercepted in the city.


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