THE MEERUT and Muzaffarnagar police killed four criminals in shootouts at separate places in both the districts since the early hours of Tuesday. Three policemen, including a Deputy SP, suffered injuries in the two incidents.
The Muzaffarnagar police Tuesday gunned down Rohit Sandu who was carrying a reward of Rs 1 lakh, and his aide, Rakesh Yadav (reward of Rs 50,000) in a shootout near Bilaspur village in Muzaffarnagar. Rohit was a resident of Johra village in Mansoorpur police station in the district while Yadav was a resident of Ayodhya. Two cops, Ajay Kumar and Vineet Kapasia, suffered injuries and were taken to hospital and released after primary treatment, the police said.
Sandu had been freed from police custody when a police team escorting him was ambushed by six persons near Salarpur village in Muzaffarnagar on July 2. A sub-inspector, Durg Vijay Singh, who was shot at, died at a Delhi hospital on July 11. All the slain persons were involved in the attack on the police team on July 2, the police claimed.
In Meerut, two members of the Sandu gang, Rajat alias Ravindra and Amit alias Sheru, were killed in an exchange of fire with the police on Sardhana-Daurala state highway Tuesday afternoon. They were also involved in the attack on the police team in Muzzafarnagar on July 2, the police claimed.
Deputy SP (Daurala) Jitendra Sargam, was injured in the exchange of fire. He was released from hospital after primary treatment, the police said. “They were in a car and when we asked them to stop, they sped away and we chased them. They were intercepted at the entry point of Sardhana-Daurala road. The criminals opened fire and we retaliated and both were killed on the spot,” said Meerut SSP Ajay Sahni.
“The plan to get Sandu freed from police custody was prepared by Bhupendra Baafar, who wanted him (Sandu) fo the killing of another gangster, Sushil Moonch, who is lodged in Muzaffarnagar jail. We arrested Baafar from Muzaffarnagar on July 12,” said Muzaffarnagar SSP Abhisek Yadav. At the time of his arrest, two police guards were also present with him who were provided by the Meerut police for his security.
BJP MLA from Sardhana, Sangeet Som, has demanded a high-level inquiry into how and why the Meerut police has provided two policemen for security of a “notorious gangster” who is facing seven cases of murder and several other cases in different police stations of UP and Uttarakhand.
“The policemen were provided to Baafar as he expressed fear of being killed after Sushil Moonch surrendered himself in Muzaffarnagar in April. We will look into the issue,” said SSP Sahni.