Mukhtar Ansari’s ‘aide’ gunned down in encounter in Lucknow

Lucknow, August 9

An aide of don-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari, who was accused within the 2005 killing of BJP chief Krishnanand Rai, was gunned down by the Uttar Pradesh police’s Special Task Force right here on Sunday morning, officers mentioned.

Rakesh Pandey alias Hanuman Pandey was shot lifeless in Sarojini Nagar space of the state capital, they mentioned.

“The encounter of the criminal carrying a reward of Rs 50,000 on his head took place around 4.20 am on Sunday in Sarojini Nagar police station area of Lucknow. He sustained injuries in the encounter, and later succumbed to his injuries during treatment,” the STF mentioned in an announcement issued right here.

Pandey was allegedly concerned within the killing of Rai, who was an MLA from Mohammadabad Assembly constituency in Uttar Pradesh. The legislator was killed on November 29, 2005.

“The cavalcade of BJP MLA Krishnanand Rai was fired upon by criminals equipped with AK-47. More than 400 rounds of bullets were fired. Seven people, including Krishnanand Rai, died. Pandey was involved in this incident,” the STF mentioned.

Pandey was a sharpshooter of mafia dons Ansari and Munna Bajrangi, it mentioned.

Around 12 circumstances had been registered towards Pandey, who was out on bail, in varied districts of Uttar Pradesh, it added.

The police have additionally recovered two pistols, ammunition and two cell phones from the spot.

The STF claimed that Pandey was among the many most dependable males of Ansari, who’s the sitting BSP MLA from Mau meeting constituency in Uttar Pradesh, and managed contracts within the district.

The STF mentioned it acquired a tip-off that Pandey had been seen in Lucknow’s Gudumba space, and was amassing weapons to commit against the law.

“When the STF team reached Gudumba, it was learnt that the criminals are heading towards Kanpur Road. Around 4.20 am, police tried to stop an SUV in which Pandey was travelling. He tried to flee and open fire at the police party,” the police mentioned.

“However, the SUV collided with a roadside tree. A person stepped out of the SUV and opened indiscriminate firing on the STF team,” the assertion mentioned.

“The STF fired in a controlled manner for self-defence to catch the criminal,” it mentioned.

“After some time, when the firing stopped, the criminal was taken to Sarojini Nagar community health centre, where he succumbed to his injuries. Another criminal fled from the spot,” it mentioned. PTI

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