New Delhi: Separate encounters in Uttar Pradesh's Azamgarh, Sambhal and Amroha in recent days have helped cops here deal a heavy blow to crime syndicate in the state.
In Azamgarh, police officials clashed with a group of wanted gangsters and injured one - Deepak Mishra. Mishra, a resident of Ambedkar Nagar, had robbed Rs 16 lakhs from a bank last week along with his fellow gang members. In the encounter, he received bullet wounds which helped the cops apprehend him. Mishra has been sent to the district hospital for treatment and faces charges of armed robbery.
Late on Tuesday night in Sambhal - some 400 kilometres from the state capital of Lucknow - another dreaded gangster was apprehended. Shanu, who has been charged with armed robbery and assault, carried a bounty of Rs 15,000. He was on a bike with an accomplice when he was asked to stop during a routine checking on Moradabad-Agra highway. In retaliation, he opened fire at the police officials and then fled into the adjoining forest. A combing operation followed soon after which also resulted in an exchange of fire that injured two police constables. Shanu was shot at on his leg - ensuring he could escape the law no further.
In Amroha, Delhi and UP police officials combined to nab a gangster called Anwar. Accused of being a contract killer, he had a Rs 1 lakh bounty on his head. On Tuesday night, he was spotted on the Atrasi bypass and was fired upon. He attempted to stage an escape by returning fire but failed in his attempt.
Recent months have seen a massive increase in operations against crime syndicates operating in UP with CM Yogi Adityanath assuring that the state would soon be made crime-free.