MUMBAI, MARCH 27: The Mahatma Phule police, Kalyan, shot dead one Haridas Gopal Nair (32) who they claim was a key member of the Amar Naik gang at Anupam Nagar off the Waldhuni nullah at 1 am.
Nair's death -- the first encounter since the formation of the Thane commissionerate under this police station's jurisdiction -- has, however, raised eyebrows as none of the residents or even the watchmen on duty in any of the over 25 buildings in the vicinity claimed to have heard anything.Police said they were tipped off about the Amar Naik men coming to collect an extortion instalment from a party in the area. "We set a trap and when the informant pointed to the duo on an approaching motorcycle they were stopped at 12.45 am," said out police inspector S Gaikwad, adding, "One of the constables, Tulsiram Pavshe, recognised Nair since he was a known goonda from Kolsewadi in Kalyan (East) and called out his name. "Nair, who was riding pillion, is reported to have opened fire with his country-made pistol as soon as healighted from the motorcycle.
Police said after he fired two bullets in the direction of Gaikwad, they returned fire, injuring him. He was taken to the Rukminibai hospital where he was declared dead before admission. "His accomplice managed to escape under the cover of darkness," claimed police, who said his identity could not be established. They have also not been able to note down the license plate number of the motorcycle.
Nair was wanted in connection with 15 offences ranging from dacoity and extortion to murder by the Pydhonie, Andheri and Pant Nagar police.Anupam Nagar is emerging as a hub of anti-social activities, and the Mahatma Phule police (with two PIs, seven SIs, one API) have covered the over 18 sq km area with a population of 4,00,000.
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