Bullet-ridden bodies of three alleged gangsters were recovered early Thursday from the terrace of a house where they were reportedly staying on rent for over one week in Mansoorpur area of Muzaffarnagar. Police, which claimed the three were killed while they fired on each other, have recovered four pistols, live cartridges and five cellphones from the spot. Police identified the deceased as Gaurav from Shamli and Deepak Rathi and Sachin of Baghpat from the mobile phones and an Aadhar card found on them.
The incident took place at Ghatipura village at around 1.30 am. Two other tenants of the house reportedly informed the police of the firing.
“A police team rushed to the place and heard the gunshots. But no one fired upon the policemen. After a few minutes, the firing stopped.
“When the policemen reached the terrace, they found the three youths lying with gunshot wounds,” said Muzaffarnagar Senior Superintendent of Police Deepak Kumar.
“Gaurav had over a dozen cases, including those of extortion and kidnapping, lodged in Karaina in Shamli and Uttarakhand. An Aadhar card found from Deepak’s possession and five cellphones recovered from the spot helped us identify them,” said Kumar.
“It appears that the three were killed when they fired at each other. Other tenants have told us there were another person living with these three youths. We are trying to trace him,” he added.
The SSP said the deceased had taken the house — owned by one Meera Devi — on rent on September 11. Meera Devi, who lives in the same village, is being questioned.
“One Neeraj had introduced the youths to Meera Devi. He has been absconding since the deaths. The call details of the cellphones recovered show that the gangsters were in regular contact with one of their associates lodged in jail and were planning for a kidnapping,” Kumar added.