Agra/Firozabad, August 20
The alleged mastermind behind the hijacking of a bus with 34 passengers on board was arrested by the Uttar Pradesh Police following an encounter in Firozabad district on Thursday, officers mentioned.
Agra Senior Superintendent of Police Babloo Kumar mentioned the police will invoke the stringent National Security Act (NSA) in opposition to Pradeep Gupta alias Gudda for the “sensational and audacious” act as soon as the case is chargesheeted.
The gunfight broke out round 5 am close to a village in Fatehabad space between the accused and police groups, together with Agra and Firozabad models, and a particular operations group, he mentioned.
“Key accused Pradeep Gupta and his associate Yatendra Yadav were on a motorcycle but seeing the police check, they opened fire and tried to flee. Gupta got injured in retaliatory firing, while Yadav managed to escape through the farmlands,” SSP Kumar advised reporters.
He mentioned police groups are on the seek for others accused within the case and can arrest them quickly.
Around a dozen folks have been concerned in planning and executing the bus hijacking from Agra late on Tuesday night time allegedly over financial dispute between Gupta and car proprietor Ashok Arora, a resident of Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh, in line with the officers.
The bus was recovered from a dhaba in Etawah on Wednesday afternoon, after greater than 12 hours of going amiss, with officers saying all 34 passengers on board it have been protected and on their option to their locations in different autos.
Gupta, a local of Jaipur however a resident of Agra, is the mastermind of the bus hijacking episode. He labored as an agent and intermediary on the Road Transport Office in Etawah, in line with the officers.
Five police groups have been fashioned later for arresting Gupta and people linked within the case. The groups, together with a particular operations group (SOG), have been scrambled round Agra, Firozabad, Etawah, Mainpuri and close by areas for the job, the officers mentioned.
Kumar mentioned Gupta has advised the police that he labored for bus proprietor Arora, who handed away two days in the past, since 2012 and used to do doc works like registration and taxation of autos for him.
“He claimed Arora and his transport firm owed him Rs 67 lakh for the works he got done for him,” the officer mentioned.
Last week, Gupta had been to Gwalior the place he even threatened Arora in a bid to get better his cash after which deliberate this complete episode with the identical goal, he mentioned.
The bus was intercepted by accused individuals late on Tuesday night time. The driver, conductor and the helper have been forcibly faraway from the bus. The passengers have been additionally alighted later and the bus was parked at a dhaba in Etawah, in line with police.
Gupta’s prison historical past reveals he was jailed in 2018 for submitting cast paperwork within the Etawah RTO and instances, together with these on corruption costs, have been filed in opposition to him.
Gupta and his associate Yadav collectively used autos which they’d forcibly acquired from related instances and that angle was being probed additional. All such autos have been being recognized by the native police, the SSP mentioned.
“Such a sensational and audacious act created an environment of fear not only in Agra but also in nearby areas. We have got instructions for strict action against all accused in the case. After the charge-sheet is filed, we will proceed with action under the National Security Act (NSA) against them,” Kumar added. — PTI