In a daring shootout near Hotel Hyatt in south Delhi, Special Cell of Delhi police killed the most wanted criminal Neetu Dabodia, along with his two accomplices late on Thursday night.
Dabodi, 28, was reportedly carrying a total reward of several lakhs and was involved in more than 50 cases of murder, dacoity, kidnap, ransom and other heinous crimes. According to police, Dabodia’s henchman Alok and other member of the gang, who is yet to be identified, were also killed in the encounter. “He was a dreaded criminal and had even killed a police constable last year in outer Delhi. Police had to fire at them in retaliation,” said SN Srivastava, special commissioner (special cell).
Preliminary investigations revealed that Dabodia, a resident of Bawana in capital and originally hailing from Daboda in Rohtak, had come for a meeting at Hotel Hyatt at around 11.00 pm. Police laid a trap outside the hotel and when they trio arrived, they were asked to surrender.
However, police claims that they attempted to runaway from the spot and also hit the police vehicle. In response special cell sleuths opened fire, in which the trio was killed. They were taken to AIIMS trauma centre were they were declared as brought dead. Police is addressing a presser soon.
In August 2012, Dabodia, had escaped from police custody in Haryana, when he was being brought from Bhondsi jail to Saket court. “He had turned into a menace and was targeting innocent people at will without fear of law,” added Srivastava, who reached the spot immediately after the encounter. A CFSL team and other experts collected evidence from the spot and were examining the car and weapons the trio was carrying.
Police said that details about the weapons used, bullets fired and nature of injury would be clear and made public only after preliminary examination of the spot is completed. “The situation demanded that police should fire in retaliation. All other things would be clear only after investigations are conducted,” said Srivastava.