rakesh: “Lost Touch Yrs Ago”: gangster deaths bring silence to the village | News from Noida
The pair – both 35, wanted in dozens of cases and shot dead in separate encounters with Ghaziabad police early on Saturday – were from the same village, Dujana in Dadri, living just 500 meters from each other. the other.
On Sunday, Dujana was quiet, almost eerily. Their families sat in front of their houses and spoke little. They said they hadn’t been in contact since they started a life of crime – Billu at 18 and Rakesh at 21.
“Billi had left home years ago. He was killed…there is no point discussing the matter,” his uncle, who did not want to be named, told TOI. Other members of Billu’s family declined to speak.
At Rakesh’s, located in the middle of the village where most depend on agriculture, the family was gathered outside on the veranda.
Rakesh, who joined Billu’s gang in 2017, was the eldest of three brothers. His younger brother, Adesh (32) is a farmer, and the youngest (24), a police officer from Uttar Pradesh. Her father Jaipal Singh was in the military and retired a few years ago.
Adesh told TOI that Rakesh left school after class 10. He turned to “anti-social activities and lost contact with us…he hasn’t visited us in years,” he said. he declared. Rakesh’s family performed their last rites on Saturday night after police informed them of the shooting. “We don’t want to comment on this anymore,” Adesh said.
At around 3.45am on Saturday, Billu was fatally injured after he and his aide tried to drive past a police checkpoint on Pusta Road in Indirapuram but rammed his motorbike into a fence and opened fire on police. While his aide managed to escape, Billu died of two gunshot wounds at a nearby hospital.
Fifteen minutes later and 20 km away, in Madhuban Bapudham, two men asked to stop at a checkpoint opened fire on the police and accelerated. One of them was Rakesh. After turning back towards Bunkar Chauraha, Rakesh’s assistant came down and disappeared but Rakesh continued shooting at the police. Police said he was wounded by two bullets in the retaliatory fire and later died in hospital.
According to the police, Billu was wanted in more than 27 murder, extortion, robbery and weapons law cases in Ghaziabad and nearby towns. Lately, the pair were also threatening businessmen and builders to extort money, they said.
The most recent crime they were wanted for was a double murder. On April 20 this year, Ghaziabad police found the bodies of property dealer Jitendra Singh and his friend, Munendra Singh, a government employee, on an empty lot in Kavi Nagar.
In Dujana, few locals agreed to talk about the gangsters, but one said it was a revenge killing.
Billu believed his older brother Arun was killed by the two men in 2017, and he wanted to retaliate, the villager said without giving further details. One of Billu and Rakesh’s accomplices was arrested by police earlier in the case.
Other locals said the two gangsters and their former ties to the Anil Dujana gang – of which Billu and Rakesh were originally members – had brought a bad name to their village of 25,000.
The elders are now trying to encourage the young people to focus on education, said village chief Ranpal Pradhan. “We opened a library recently. A few months ago, one student also passed the court service exam and two others got good rankings in NEET. We are hopeful,” he said.