UP's youngest gift, three assassins killed in a police encounter
MUZAFFARNAGAR/MEERUT: Police teams shot and killed the feared UP UP gangster Rohit Saandu and his three close aides in two separate meetings in a four-hour span Tuesday, bringing the count of criminals to six bullets in the region . the last five days
At only 26 years old, Saandu faced more than 40 criminal cases and was considered the youngest gangster in the West. On July 2, Saandu had escaped the clutches of an escort team while he was in transit from the Muzaffarnagar court to UP prison, where he was staying. His associates, who had attacked the escort team at a restaurant in Muzaffarnagar, also shot Sub-Inspector Durg Vijay Singh.
The police had announced the generosity of Rs 1 lakh in Saandu
Saandu's daring escape and the death of a police officer had stunned the entire UP police department. He had announced a reward of Rs 1 lakh in any information leading to his arrest.
The area of Meerut, ADG Prashant Kumar, who was present in Muzaffarnagar on Tuesday, said: At 4:30 in the morning, one of our sub-viewers noticed that four suspects on two motorcycles were going to Mansoorpur from the Bhopa area. Soon, reinforcement was sent and there was a meeting. In the reprisal shootings of the police, two suspects were injured. Later, they succumbed to their injuries in a hospital. ADG Kumar said they were identified as Saandu and his friend Rakesh Yadav, an Ayodhya criminal with more than 12 cases registered against him. Wanted in several cases of murder, looting and extortion, Saandu was arrested in 2016. He was transferred to the UP east jail in 2017 and then to Mirzapur prison.
Approximately four hours after the first meeting, the shots rang again in the neighboring Daurala area of Meerut and two more Saandu policemen were shot dead by the police after an exchange of gunfire.
According to the police, the criminals were cornered when a local police team was alerted to an incident of car theft in the area.
The alias of Ravinder Kalia and Sheru aka Amit fired on the police team that attempted to intercept the SUV, the ADG said, adding that they were killed in reprisal shots.
Ravinder and Sheru, criminals of and Meerut, respectively, were also close collaborators of Saandu and helped him escape on July 2. With the deaths on Tuesday, the death toll in the Meerut area soared to six in the past five days. In UP, more than 90 criminals died in meetings since the government of Yogi Adityanath took the reins of the state in March 2017. With 53 deaths, the Meerut area accounts for more than half of the deaths per encounter.