VARANASI: In a major breakthrough, Varanasi police gunned down two criminals on Monday and recovered the 9mm Browning pistol.
The encounter occurred in Baragaon police station area in the wee hours of Monday.
The two criminals were in Bihar jail and had escaped from police custody sometime back.
The commissioner of police A Satish Ganesh said that the killed criminals were identified as Rajneesh alias Baua Singh and Manish, residents of Samastipur district of Bihar. Both were brothers, and an absconding miscreant Lalan Singh is also their brother.
According to reports, acting on a tip off the joint team of crime branch and Baragon police intercepted the criminals on Ring Road. Seeing the police team, they opened fire and tried to flee from the scene. The police also fired in self-defence. Two criminals sustained grievous bullet injuries, while one miscreant managed to flee from the scene. A constable of crime branch Shiv Babu was also injured in the cross firing. The injured constable and criminals were taken to the hospital, where both criminals were declared dead.
The police recovered a 9mm Browning pistol, a 32-bore factory made pistol and a motorcycle on the spot. The CP said that head armourer confirmed that the recovered 9 mm Browning pistol belongs to the SI Ajay Yadav, who was attacked by criminals in Rohaniya area.
The 2015-batch SI Yadav had suffered bullet injuries on chest when three miscreants opened indiscriminate fire on him in Jagatpur area under the limits of Rohania police station on November 8. The assailants fled after looting service pistol and purse of Yadav. “The incident was taken seriously, and several teams were constituted to identify and nab the criminals,” said the CP.
He said that for the identification of the killed criminals, their photographs were sent to Bihar police and all district headquarters.
“Bihar police ascertained the identity of the criminals, who had fled from the Patna jail. Bihar police were searching these notorious criminals, who were wanted in several cases of crimes including murder and robbery.
“The detailed criminal history of the killed criminals was demanded from the Bihar police,” he said.





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