One of Delhi’s most wanted gangsters, Rajesh Bharti, was killed in a shootout with police officers in south Delhi on Saturday morning. Three members of his gang were also killed in the encounter.
Delhi Police said the shootout happened in Fatehpur Beri’s Chanan Hola village, near Chhatarpur. A team from the Special Cell, which is the anti-terror unit of the city police, intercepted Bharti and his men at a farmhouse. Bharti and his men were asked to surrender but they fired at the policemen, Delhi Police said.
The other members of the Rajesh Bharti gang killed in the encounter were identified as Vidroh, Umesh Don and Bhiku.
At least 35 rounds of gunfire was exchanged, an officer said. Four police officers also received bullet injuries. Police recovered illegal semi-automatic pistols from a Ford Endeavour car in which Bharti and his associates were travelling.
Bharti, who was on the list of the city’s top 10 wanted criminals, had fled custody of the Haryana police in February this year and was carrying a reward of Rs 1 lakh for his arrest. Bharti had at least 25 cases of murder, extortion, car jacking and robbery against him.