VARANASI: In a major breakthrough, the Varanasi police on Monday gunned down two fugitives from Bihar who had attacked a police sub-inspector (SP) in the city on November 8.
A 9 mm service pistol which they had looted from SI Ajay Yadav was also recovered from their possession.
Identified as Rajneesh alias Baua Singh and Manish, natives of Samastipur in Bihar, the two had escaped from judicial custody sometime back.
Director general of police (DGP) DS Chauhan congratulated Varanasi Police Commissioner A Satish Ganesh for achieving the breakthrough and announced a Rs 2 lakh cash reward for the police team which tracked down the two gangsters and recovered the police revolver.
“We had launched ‘Operation Patal Lok’ to track the robbers, who had shot our sub-inspector Ajay Yadav and decamped with his pistol. Our aim was to bring the robbers to book for the crime and their audacity to target a cop. Now, we have got the information that the two gangsters had killed two cops in Bihar and robbed two of them of their service firearm in the past. They had also killed five persons while committing three bank robberies before they landed in Bihar jail and later escaped from police custody,” the DGP said.
Police Commissioner A Satish Ganesh, who personally supervised the police action for tracking the robbers who shot at Ajay Yadav and eventually ended up in the encounter of Rajneesh and Manish, said the two happen to be brothers. “Two young officers, sub-inspectors Brijesh Mishra and Rajkumar Pandey, were tasked with identifying and tracking down those who targeted SI Ajay Yadav and robbed him of his service revolver. The two worked day and night and finally the operation ended in this encounter,” he told TOI on Monday.
“To acknowledge their achievement and encourage young police officers to perform their duties diligently, both have been made in charge of two police stations in Varanasi,” he said.
Giving details of the encounter, he said the police teams were after the three suspects involved in attacking SI Ajay Yadav. “We had the information that the three were moving around in Varanasi since the incident and used to slip off the police radar every now and then. Finally, we got a tip-off regarding some suspicious movement of suspected criminals in the Baragaon area and tried to intercept three people at a point. The three opened fire at the police and in the retaliatory firing, two were injured while their associate managed to escape,” the CP said.
The injured were rushed to the hospital where they succumbed during treatment, police said. On the basis of information gathered in bits and pieces, their photographs were sent to Samastipur district police chief for identification and it was established that they were wanted gangsters Rajneesh and Manish, police added.
A 9mm Browning pistol, a 32-bore factory made pistol and a motorcycle were recovered from the encounter site. Investigations revealed that the two along with their associate had shot 2015 batch SI Ajay Yadav in the chest in Rohania on November 8.





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