A DELHI court Thursday sentenced gangster Neeraj Bawana, convicted of a shootout with police, to seven years’ imprisonment, besides slapping a fine of Rs 25,000 on him for illegally possessing arms.
Additional Sessions Judge Reetesh Singh had on August 31 acquitted Bawana of several charges related to attempt to murder, obstructing and assaulting a public servant and deterring him while discharging his duty and common intention. The court, however, had held him guilty of illegally possessing arms under the Section 25 of the Arms Act, 1959.
While convicting Bawana, the court acquitted his associate Mohmmed Rashid Khan of all charges in the case.
Bawana’s lawyer had argued that if there was such a heavy fire exchange between his client and police, and given the distance between police and his client was around seven feet, then it was improbable that nobody got shot.
Bawana, allegedly ran extortion rackets targeting businessmen and was wanted in several cases of murder, attempt to murder and extortion. The Special Cell of Delhi Police arrested him on April 7, 2015, from west Delhi’s Mundka area. Police alleged that Bawana had tried to escape by opening fire on the police team.
Bawana allegedly ran an extortion racket in outer, north-west and west Delhi. His brother Rajesh Bawana was arrested in 2014, while his mother and another brother were recently arrested from IGI Airport while carrying illegal ammunition.