UP police op in Uttarakhand- Criminal Jaffar arrested, wife of BJP member dead during firing
The police said Jaffar (40) from Kakar Kheda village in Moradabad was carrying a reward of Rs 1 lakh on his head, which was Rs. 50,000 until October 13 when the UP Police personnel got injured during the arrest operation
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The spot at Udhamsingh Nagar during the arrest operation
The Uttar Pradesh Police operation that led to clshes in Udhansingh Nagar of Uttrakhand finally succeeded after two days and the police team arrested the wanted gangster Jaffar.
The UP Police operation to arrest Jaffar had gone awry after the locals had clashed with police.. The wife of a local BJP leader, as Gurpreet Bhullar, wife of local BJP leader and block chief Gurtej Bhullar, was also killed in the firing after local residents in the allegedly attacked the UP Police team. Jaffar was taking shelter in one of the houses in the area.
The police said Jaffar (40) from Kakar Kheda village in Moradabad was carrying a reward of Rs 1 lakh on his head.
The police had laid a trap at the Kalsa Road crossing in Pakwarha area, based on a tip-off. While conducting a vehicle checking drive when they spotted a man on a motorcycle. When the police intercepted him, he tried to flee and later opened fire.
The police fired in retaliation and he suffered a bullet injury on his left leg. A police constable was also injured in the incident. Jaffar and the constable were rushed to a hospital for treatment where there condition was declared stable. Among the six injured UP police personnel is Thakurwada SHO Yogendra Kumar Singh.
The reward for information that led to Jaffar’s arrest was increased from Rs 50,000 to Rs 1 lakhs, a day after six UP policemen were injured while they were on his trail to Uttarakhand.
Jaffar was wanted in a case of illegal sand mining lodged at Uttar Pradesh’s Thakurdwara station in September. The UP police declared a reward of Rs 50,000 for information on him after he remained absconding.
The UP police claimed that when they entered the house, Jaffar and his associates attacked and also opened fire at them. They also alleged that the assailants snatched their service weapons and fired at them. In the clash, Gurpreet Bhulla, wife of local BJP leader and block chief Gurtej Bhullar, was shot dead and six Moradabad Police personnel suffered injuries. Udham Singh Nagar police reached the spot and sent the injured persons to hospital. However, Jaffar allegedly escaped from the spot, they said.
The next day, the UP police registered an FIR against Jaffar and 35 unidentified persons at Thakurdwara police station in Moradabad on various charges, including attempt to murder. The police claimed to have identified four assailants who had attacked the police team in Udham Singh Nagar. The injured policemen are undergoing treatment at a hospital in Moradabad and doctors stated that their condition was stable. A case of attempt to murder was filed against Jaffar in Rampur in 2018.
The Uttarakhand Police have registered an FIR against 11-12 unidentified UP police personnel and under IPC sections relating to murder, rioting, house-trespass after preparation for hurt, assault or wrongful restraint, intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace, criminal intimidation and criminal conspiracy.
The Uttarakhand Police stated that the UP Police team came to make an arrest in Uttarakhand but did not inform the local police and found no evidence of cross firing while the UP Police maintained they they fired in retaliation after locals began clashing. However, the case is being investigated from both the sides and facts are getting verified, added officials.
The Moradabad police have also lodged an FIR against Jaffar and 30-35 unidentified people at the Thakurdwara police station in the city. The FIR was registered under charges related to rioting, attempt to murder, criminal conspiracy, dacoity and assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty.