Lucknow: A gangster wanted in over 25 criminal cases, including murder and abduction, was gunned down by police in Uttar Pradesh`s Kushinagar district early Monday, an official said.
Rudal Yadav, for whose capture police had announced a Rs.75,000 reward, was shot dead during a shootout with police in Jatha area, some 300 km from Lucknow, while four of his aides managed to escape.
The operation was carried out jointly by the police and the Special Task Force (STF).
"Rudal was wanted by Uttar Pradesh as well as Bihar police. He was gunned down after a fight that lasted for nearly an hour," Superintendent of Police Luv Kumar told reporters in Kushinagar.
"Four rifles and several live cartridges were recovered from Rudal`s possession," he added.
Rudal, 40, was a native of Bihar and primarily operated in the eastern regions of Uttar Pradesh, police said.
Teams have been constituted to nab the gangster`s four aides, who escaped during the gunfight.