Two wanted criminals arrested after Ghaziabad gunfight

Ghaziabad, Feb 18 (IANS) Two criminals involved in over a dozen heinous crimes in Meerut and adjoining areas in Uttar Pradesh were arrested in Ghaziabad after a gun battle with police on Thursday.

The Special Operations Group (SOG) and Crime Branch of Ghaziabad police received information that some criminals snatched a motorcycle from a man near Dasna area.

A team led by Superintendent of Police (City) Salman Taj Patil came face to face with the criminals near the Dasna toll bridge on national highway-24.

On seeing the police team, the criminals fired, and police retaliated.

In the exchange of fire, two criminals sustained injuries and were later arrested. Three policemen also sustained bullet injuries.

All of them were rushed to a hospital, where doctors said they were out of danger.

During interrogation, the arrested criminals revealed their identities as Dharmendra and Rahul — both residents of Rohta in Meerut district and members of the Rahul Khatta gang.

Dharmendra carried a reward of Rs.15,000 on his head from Meerut police, and along with Rahul was found involved in over a dozen criminal cases in Meerut and nearby areas.

Two cars have been recovered from their possession.

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