first_imgAn Uttar Pradesh-based criminal was arrested after a shoot-out in the early hours of Saturday on Mehrauli-Badarpur Road in the Capital. Two police officers were injured in the operation.Deputy Commissioner of Police (south-east) Chinmoy Biswal said wanted criminal Harendra Nagar alias Harendra Pradhan (36), who had allegedly killed land mafia Moti Goyal on April 16 in Barola village over a property dispute, has been arrested after a brief exchange of fire.Trap laid after tip-offThe police said they received a tip-off that Pradhan, who has a bounty of ₹25,000 on his head, would go to Mehrauli via MB Road, following which a team was formed and a trap was laid.“Around 6.30 a.m., a car was spotted on the road and it was followed by the police party. The driver sped the car but the picket staff blocked it using barricades,” said Mr. Biswal.The police team then approached the car, opened the left door and asked Pradhan to surrender, but he opened fire at the officers with his carbine.The policemen managed to snatch the carbine after which Pradhan came out from the right door of the car and fired at the officers with a pistol; the police fired back. “The officers then overpowered him, snatched his pistol and managed to nab him,” said Mr. Biswal.In the operation, two officers — Sub Inspector Yogesh Tanwar and Head Constable Ravi — got injured while adjusting the barricades, the police said.Criminal recordDuring interrogation, Pradhan, who has 13 criminal cases registered against him, allegedly told the police that he met Goyal in Dasna jail in 2008. Goyal told him that he wanted to work with a person who could help him in land grabbing.The two started working together but later Goyal started avoiding him and stopped giving him his share. This enraged Pradhan and he decided to eliminate Goyal. He was shot seven times, allegedly by two contract killers identified as Rahul and Amit. The duo was arrested on April 25 but Pradhan managed to escape by firing at U.P. police officers.last_img

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