Criminal killed in a shootout between rival factions in UP
A notorious criminal was killed and two others injured in a shootout between rival factions in the posh Gomti Nagar area of Lucknow on Wednesday night, police said. Ajit Singh, 39, who was a notorious criminal of Mau district, was killed in the incident, the police said, adding he was a former Block Pramukh.
Motorcycle-borne assailants opened fire at Singh
Lucknow Police Commissioner DK Thakur said, "Ajit Singh and his associate Mohar Singh were traveling in an SUV when three motorcycle-borne assailants opened fire at them in the evening." "Singh and his associate retaliated and in the ensuing gun battle he was fatally injured," he said, adding that Singh was taken to a hospital where he was declared brought dead.
Two others undergoing treatment at the hospital
"Mohar Singh and a passerby also suffered injuries and are undergoing treatment at a hospital but they are out of danger," Thakur said. He added, "Both the sides together fired 20-25 rounds."
An old rivalry is seen as a reason: Thakur
Thakur said, "Prima facie it appears that both the sides were known to each other and an old rivalry is seen as a reason behind the incident." "CCTV footage is being analyzed and police teams have been deployed to nab the criminals," he added. Singh had 17 cases, including five related to murder, registered against him.
Second incident of this nature of violence in Lucknow
This is the second incident in as many weeks when motorcycle-borne persons carried an attack in Lucknow. On December 20, the husband of a village Pradhan was shot dead in the Mohanlalganj area of the city. Sujeet Kumar Pandey, who was also the leader of a local traders' association, was attacked by two motorcycle-borne assailants, according to police.