Updated: March 29, 2021 1:26:04 am
THREE DAYS after he escaped from police custody following a shootout at a hospital, gangster Kuldeep Maan alias Fajja (28) was killed in an encounter late Saturday night during an exchange of fire with a Special Cell team inside a residential complex in northwest Delhi, police said.
Two others — Bhupinder Mann (40), a physical education teacher at a government school, and Yogender Dahiya (35), a gym trainer — were arrested from the “hideout” at Tulsi Apartments in Rohini’s Sector 14 on charges of harbouring a criminal, police said.
Fajja, a close aide of jailed gangster Jitender Maan alias Gogi, had escaped from custody on Thursday afternoon when he was brought to GTB Hospital for treatment. Police said around 10 armed assailants attacked the police team escorting him and overpowered them.
“They threw red chilli powder at the police team. Over 20 rounds were fired by both sides. One of the assailants, Ankesh, was shot in the back and fell while another accused, Ravi (35), sustained two bullet injuries in the chest and died,” a senior police officer said.
“From Ankesh’s phone, police found several numbers on Wickr (an encrypted messaging app), and came to know that Bhupinder, Gogi’s childhood friend, was providing logistical help to Fajja. On the basis of this information, police apprehended Bhupinder, who disclosed that he was harbouring Fajja in Rohini,” said the officer.
“We found that Fajja was hiding in flat No. D-9… After getting a tip-off, police monitored his activity throughout the day, and waited till late night to conduct the operation since it was a residential area. A team led by Inspectors Sunil Rajain and Ravinder Joshi decided to conduct a raid at his hideout and cordoned off the area,” the officer said.
Police said Maan, who was allegedly involved in about a dozen cases of murder, extortion and armed robbery, had escaped to revive Gogi’s gang.
DCP (Special Cell) Pramod Singh Kushwah said, “Around 1.45 am, we conducted the raid. On seeing police personnel, Fajja started firing indiscriminately. Our team also fired in self-defence and in the ensuing exchange of fire, Fajja was injured and was rushed to Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hospital, where he was declared brought dead. During this brief exchange of fire, two personnel wearing bullet proof jackets were also hit,” he said.
Fajja fired eight rounds and police fired 10 in retaliation, police said.
Fajja’s father, however, has alleged that the encounter was fake and filed a complaint with the police.
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