LUCKNOW: A dreaded gangster wanted by Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh police was shot dead in an encounter with the special task force (STF) in Gorakhpur on Saturday evening.
The Gujarat police was on the lookout for the gangster - identified as Pushpraj Singh Yadav - in connection with the murder of two police constables and a case of robbery in which a diamond merchant was robbed of 400 carrots of precious stones.
Additional director general of police (ADGP) Law and Order, Crime and STF Brij Lal, talking to TOI, said that regular inputs were being received by STF about the movement of a dreaded gangster in Eastern UP for quite sometime now. After sustained surveillance, a team of STF deputed to arrest the gangster, managed to locate him in Gorakhpur.
“On Saturday evening, the STF team headed by deputy Superintendent of police (DySP) STF Vikas Anand and Inspector Avinash Misra, received a tip-off that the gangster was to meet an associate near the Circuit House in Gorakhpur.
The STF team tracked him with an associate but the gangster resisted the police move to arrest him and instead opened fire. In the retaliatory firing, he was shot dead, his associate however managed to escape,” Brij Lal said.
Police thereafter recovered a sophisticated prohibited bore revolver from his possession. He was subsequently identified as Pushpraj Singh Yadav who carried a cash reward of Rs 10,000 on his head, the ADG STF said adding: “There were reports that the Gujarat government had announced a reward of Rs 1.5 lakh on his head but this was yet to be confirmed.”