Computer geek turned gun dealer falls to police bullets

Computer geek turned gun dealer falls to police bullets

The trigger-happy outlaw was also into faking credit cards and car theft

Computer geek turned gun dealer falls to police bullets

Fatal end: Police officers inspecting the spot where Ajit Kumar Singh (inset) was killed in an encounter at Hoovanayakanahalli, near Bagalur Cross in Bangalore on Thursday. DH Photo

Ajith Kumar Singh, a criminal in his early thirties, was wanted in more than two dozen cases of cheating, faking credit and debit cards, car theft and supply of girls from north India for the erstwhile dance bars in the City.

Singh, who was a trouble maker in Bangalore East division limits, rubbed police on the wrong side when he opened fire on them after they tried to arrest him near the Ashwathnagar bus stop on Sanjay Nagar Main Road on Wednesday night. When the police handcuffed him and were leading him away, Singh resisted and a scuffle ensued.

A nearby ice cream parlour owner rushed to the cops’ aid and Singh opened fire on him, injuring him in the knee. Singh then escaped with a .9mm pistol.

On Thursday, around 2 pm, Singh was spotted in a jeep, heading towards the airport. Frazer Town police inspector tried to stop the vehicle and ordered him to surrender.
Singh fired at the cops instead but he missed his target.

The inspector returned fire from his service revolver and hit Singh in the head and stomach. Singh died on the way to hospital, police said.

Action replay

Around 10.50 pm on Wednesday, Singh went to a medical store behind Ashwathnagar
bus stop to buy honey. Thomas, the shop owner, put the bottle of honey on the table and Singh, who was talking on his mobile phone, tried to take out his wallet.

All of a sudden, a plain clothes DCP East squad led by Siddalinga Swamy, Kumar and others, successfully handcuffed Singh.

Opened fire

When the shocked outlaw tried to escape, a crowd gathered and Subba Reddy, 48, the ice cream parlour owner, rushed to help the cops. Singh opened fire. Reddy was taken to RMV Hospital and is recovering. According to Dr R Chandrashekar, Reddy suffered a bullet entry and exit wound but is out of danger.

Singh's past

Singh hailed from Lucknow and had settled down in Arashinakunte near Nelamangala. Son of a security guard working in Peenya, Singh had a diploma and was a computer wizard.

His good looks helped him charm his way with women. Starting as a laptop repairer, he got into the company of Khan, a notorious car thief, and took to crime.

In early 2000, during the dance bar boom, Singh rose in his ranks as he reportedly sourced girls from Chandigarh and other parts of north India. He diversified into weapons dealing and other crimes.

Recently, he and his friends tried to cheat a jeweller in HAL police station limits, using fake credit cards.  They were caught but Singh had hoodwinked the HAL police and escaped.

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