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Fugitive gangster held after brief encounter

New Delhi: Delhi Police has arrested a "fugitive gangster" after a brief encounter near Jharoda Kalan at Najafgarh-Bahadurgarh Road, police said Wednesday.

The accused, Yogesh alias Tillu Pandit (34), a resident of Jharoda Kalan, was nabbed on the intervening night of Tuesday and Wednesday while he opened fire at the police team and tried to flee, they said.

Two Assistant Sub Inspectors, however, managed to survive with a close shave of the gunshot.

One sophisticated pistol loaded with three live cartridges was recovered from his possession, police said.

"Interrogation revealed that in order to earn huge money and fame in Najafgarh area, he joined gangster Pradeep Banka of his area."

"He was arrested in a dacoity case of IGI Airport in 2009 in which he along with his 8 associates had robbed a consignment of imported goods loaded in a tempo after abducting its driver to Jhatikara," said Ajit Kumar Singla, Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime).

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