Punjab: Notorious gangster Ankit Bhadu killed in encounter near Zirakpur

The gangster held a family, included a six-year-old girl, as hostage. 

Punjab: Notorious gangster Ankit Bhadu killed in encounter near Zirakpur
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Chandigarh: A notorious gangster Ankit Bhadu, wanted in several cases, died after being critically injured in an encounter with Punjab police in a residential locality near Zirakpur on Thursday evening, a senior police official said.

"Gangster Ankit Bhadu was critically injured and succumbed to his injuries in a hospital,? AIG of the Punjab Police's Organised Crime Control Unit (OCCU), Gurmeet Singh Chauhan told PTI over phone.

Mohali SSP Kuldeep Singh Chahal said that OCCU team, which led the operation, had information about the gangster and his associates after which operation was launched to nab them.

Some arms and ammunition have been recovered from the encounter site and two associates of Bhadu were also arrested, the SSP said.

The operation to arrest the gangster was carried out at crowded Peer Muchalla near Zirakpur in Mohali district.

The gangster, said to be around 25 years of age, carried a cash reward of Rs 1 lakh which was announced by Rajasthan Police. 

Police said Bhadu was wanted in several criminal cases both by Punjab and Rajasthan police. 

According to AIG Gurmeet Chauhan, the gangster jumped from upper floor of the residential apartment when police reached to arrest him. 

The gangster then took a family that included a six-year-old girl as hostage. 

When Bhadu was asked to surrender, he opened fire at the police party in which a cop was said to have sustained injury.  

The girl also sustained injury and had to be hospitalized, however the family is safe,?Chauhan said. 

Police said Bhadu had jumped regular bail over a year back. 

Bhadu, a close aide of notorious gangster Lawrence Bishnoi, was said to be on Rajasthan Police's "most wanted" list in connection with cases of murder, dacoity, loot and extortion.