Around the City

Staff Reporter

`Gangster' killed in encounterNEW DELHI: An alleged gangster, Ashok alias Bunty, was gunned down by the Special Cell of the Delhi police following a brief encounter in the Dilshad Garden area of North East Delhi late on Saturday evening.

The police said Ashok was a member of the Sonu gang and had been active in Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. He was allegedly involved in 18 cases of heinous crime such as murder, attempt to murder, kidnapping for ransom and robbery and was wanted by the Delhi police.

On Saturday evening, the Special Cell purportedly received a tip-off that Ashok would be coming to the Dilshad Garden areas. "Subsequently, a trap was laid for him at the DDA Sport Complex and when he reached there the police personnel challenged him."

According to the police, on seeing the police team Ashok opened fire at them. "In the return of fire, he was killed."

A couple of months ago the leader of the gang, Sonu, had also been killed in an encounter in Gurgaon after which Ashok had taken up the reins of his gang. With his death, the police claim to have heaved a major sigh of relief as this gang of youngsters had created panic in several parts of Delhi with its bold style of operation.

Special court organisedNEW DELHI: A special court was held at Tihar Central Jail here on Saturday to dispose of cases of petty offenders languishing in jail.

Presided over by the Metropolitan Magistrate P.S. Malik, the Special Court took up the cases of 29 confessing prisoners out of which 24 cases were disposed of and the remaining five were referred back to their regular courts.

The cases were screened by the Finger Print Bureau of Delhi Police to eliminate habitual offenders. This was the 66th court in succession and till date 3,606 cases of petty offenders have been decided by the Special Courts.

These courts are being held on regular basis at the jail premises on the directions of then Chief Justice A.S. Anand to dispose of petty cases of the undertrials, who are willing to confess to their crime.

Heroin recovered New Delhi: The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) has seized three kilograms of heroin worth Rs three crore in the international market and arrested two persons, including a Nigerian, in this connection.

The duo, identified as Balvinder Singh Negi from Punjab and Daniel, were picked up Friday night from Bahadurgarh near the Delhi-Haryana border with the contraband, DRI sources said here on Saturday. Negi and Daniel were carrying the contraband for delivery in the Capital, they said, adding the duo picked up from a bus were part of an international heroin smuggling racket spread across Africa and Asia. DRI has been on the trail of the racket for the past one year.