Personnel of Kolkata Police's Special Task Force (STF) on Wednesday gunned down two Punjab gangsters in the city's New Town area. The deceased duo has been identified as Jaspreet Jassi and Jaipal Bhullar.
The STF encircled a residential block in New Town's Shapoorji complex after a tip-off that the two gangsters were hiding there. Reportedly, the gangsters fired on the STF personnel and tried to escape, but both were killed in the encounter that lasted for around 35 minutes.
"We had info that some criminals were staying here. When we came for raid, we found Jaspreet & Jaipal, who are wanted in several cases in Punjab. We tried to arrest them but they resisted & fired at us. In retaliation, we also fired & they were shot dead," said VK Goyal, ADG, Bengal STF.
According to an IANS report, the STF raided the residential block after receiving intelligence inputs that the two criminals involved in bringing weapons into West Bengal from Bihar via Birbhum had taken refuge at the New Town complex.
Reportedly, Jaspreet Jassi and Jaipal Bhullar were wanted in connection with the killing of two assistant sub-inspectors in Jagraon in Punjab's Ludhiana district. They were wanted in Punjab, Rajasthan, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh for over 40 cases related to robbery, murder, extortion and kidnapping, among others.
According to an India Today report, four pistols were recovered from the flat in which the two gangsters were gunned down. Meanwhile, one police officer is also said to have suffered injuries in the encounter.
(With IANS inputs)