Rajasthan: Criminal carrying Rs. 5 lakh reward on head killed in encounter

Rajasthan: Criminal carrying Rs. 5 lakh reward on head killed in encounter

Anandpal, a wanted criminal, carrying a bounty of Rs 5 lakh on his head, was killed by Rajasthan Police in a shootout that lasted three hours in Churu district’s Malasar village late on Saturday night. Two policemen were also injured in the encounter.

Two policemen were wounded in the incident and an inspector fractured a limb.  Special Operation Group’s Inspector General of Police Dinesh MN said "All three were taken to SMS hospital in Jaipur. None of them is critical." Fifty commandoes were involved in the gun battle. Singh was hit by six bullets and died at the encounter site. .

"He was alone in the house in Churu district and opened fire at police from rooftop when the police surrounded the house and challenged him. In the exchange of fire, he was killed," DGP Manoj Bhatt Confirmed. He was hiding at the house of a villager in Malaser.

“We have recovered two AK 47 guns from Singh with which he fired around 100 rounds on the police. Two of our men got injured in the firing but retaliated bravely without caring for their lives which resulted in the death of Singh,” said Bhatt.

The officials said that the SOG has arrested his brother Rupendrapal alias Vicky and cousin Devendrapal alias Gattu from Sirsa in Haryana earlier on Saturday evening.

Both the members carried a bounty of Rs. 1 lakh each and were the founding members of Singh’s dreaded Shekhawati gang.
It was from them that the police got to know about the location of Singh, said Bhatt. The Haryana police too played a crucial role in the operation, he said.

Singh had managed to escape from custody of police while being taken back to high-security prison in Ajmer from a court in Nagaur in September 2015, had taken a shelter in a house. He has been suspected of being involved in more than two-dozen criminal cases, among them banditry and murder. Close to 100 aides of Anandpal were arrested from different places after his escape in 2015 but the gangster remained the major challenge for the state police.

In the last one year, the police had arrested several key members of the gang, which was instrumental in the syndicate losing its clout to a great extent.

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