A notorious gangster Ankit Bhadu, wanted in several cases, died after being critically injured in an encounter with Punjab police in a residential locality near Zirakpur on Thursday evening, a senior police official said.
Mohali SSP Kuldeep Singh Chahal said that OCCU team, which led the operation, had information about the gangster and his associates after which operation was launched to nab them.
The gangster, said to be around 25 years of age, carried a cash reward of Rs 1 lakh which was announced by Rajasthan Police.
According to AIG Gurmeet Chauhan, the gangster jumped from upper floor of the residential apartment when police reached to arrest him.
The gangster then took a family that included a six-year-old girl as hostage.
When Bhadu was asked to surrender, he opened fire at the police party in which a cop was said to have sustained injury.
The girl also sustained injury and had to be hospitalized, however the family is safe,Chauhan said.
Police said Bhadu had jumped regular bail over a year back.
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