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Four alleged criminals held

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NEW DELHI, OCT. 7. The Special Cell of the Delhi police has arrested four alleged criminals who were evading the Uttar Pradesh police. The police recovered two Self-Loading Rifles (SLRs), two semi-automatic weapons and two country-made pistols from their possession.

According to the Joint Commissioner of Police (Special Cell), Karnal Singh, the Special Cell had on Monday arrested a criminal named, Harish, from Kashmiri Gate after a brief encounter. During interrogation, he revealed that his three accomplices, who were also from Uttar Pradesh, would come to Sonia Vihar on Wednesday in a Scorpio. Subsequently, a team led by the Assistant Commissioner of Police, Hemant Chopra laid a trap. Around noon, the suspects were spotted and when the plainclothes police personnel signalled the driver to stop, the occupants opened fire from semi-automatic guns and pistols.

While the driver, later identified as Anil Bharsi, was overpowered, the other two -- Rajiv and Manoj -- were arrested after a brief chase and exchange of fire. No policeman was hurt in the crossfire. The police recovered six weapons from their possession.

During interrogation, the accused revealed that they had robbed the SLRs from the Uttar Pradesh police while facilitating the escape of an accomplice. They had looted the two carbines from Railway Protection Force personnel at Shamli last September and used them in contract killing assignments. A month later, the gang members allegedly killed six persons at Muzaffarnagar. One of the gang members, Neetu Kutba, was also killed in the clash. Around the same time, Anil shot dead a businessman after he refused to pay Rs. 5 lakhs as protection amount. The accused disclosed that they were into kidnapping for ransom as well. They claimed that an Uttar Pradesh constable used to supply ammunitions to them. At their instance, a police team has been sent to nab him.

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