2 Pune cops, gangster injured in shootout

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A gangster and two policemen from Maharashtra’s Pune crime branch were injured in a shootout in the city, police said on Thursday.

The crime branch team from Pune had come here to nab Sagar Rajput, a member of Gajanan Marne gang (of Pune), who is wanted in a murder and several other cases in Maharashtra.

As the police team dressed in plain clothes last night around 10 PM zeroed-in on Rajput who was riding a scooter at a spot behind Nehru Bhavan in Vadodara, he tried to escape.

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This was followed by a shootout between Rajput and the police team which continued for 20 minutes and around 12 rounds were fired by both the sides, police said.

One of the policemen received injury in chest while the other hurt his leg, they said.

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In the exchange of fire, Rajput received injuries on his leg and he jumped a wall of a residential locality and hid behind it.

Later, Rajput was nabbed with the help of local police after residents of the locality informed them about him being hiding behind the wall.

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City Police Commissioner E Radhakrishnan and other officials rushed to the spot.

“We have been trying to locate Rajput’s wife and his other contacts in the city and weapons used by him,” a senior police official said, adding an investigation in underway in the matter.

According to police sources, there is a rivalry between the Marne and Nilesh Ghaywal gang in Pune.

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