En­counter with Spe­cial Cell: 3 crim­i­nals shot at near Meerut

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New Delhi: Delhi Po­lice’s Spe­cial Cell shot three crim­i­nals dur­ing an en­counter near Meerut in Ut­tar Pradesh on Thurs­day night.

The ac­cused men, hid­ing in a field, had opened fire at the po­lice team af­ter be­ing sur­rounded. When the cops re­tal­i­ated, the crim­i­nals tried to flee but suf­fered gun­shot wounds to their limbs.

The in­ci­dent took place around 9pm when a joint team of Spe­cial Cell and Meerut po­lice Crime Branch laid a trap for three crim­i­nals — iden­ti­fied as Sad­dam Gauri, Us­man and Deepak. When the team in­ter­cepted the men who were trav­el­ling in a Chevro­let Beat near Trans­port Na­gar, they opened fire.

In or­der to es­cape, the men left the car and started run­ning to a field nearby. They were, how­ever, sur­rounded by and got into a fire fight with the po­lice­men dur­ing which all three suf­fered in­juries.

Po­lice have re­cov­ered the weapons used by the men and the Chevro­let Beat car, which they sus­pect was stolen from the area. The crim­i­nals have been ad­mit­ted to a hospi­tal and are be­ing treated for their in­juries. They will be brought back to Delhi af­ter they re­cover, said a po­lice of­fi­cer.

Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice, Gauri is a sharp-shooter with the Neeraj Bawana gang and was the mas­ter­mind who ex­e­cuted the sen­sa­tional es­cape of gang­ster Amit Bhoora from po­lice cus­tody in Ut­tarak­hand in 2014.

He has been wanted by Delhi Po­lice ever since. Gauri and his as­so­ciates kept chang­ing their hide­outs to es­cape the po­lice drag­net.

Gauri had also stolen two AK-47s and an SLR ri­fle from the cops guard­ing Bhoora be­fore es­cap­ing and has since been us­ing them in gang wars.

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