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Dreaded Punjab gangster, aide gunned down in encounter at high-rise in Kolkata

One of Punjab’s most wanted criminals, Jaipal Bhullar, was on Wednesday killed in an encounter with Punjab Police and the STF at a residential complex in Kolkata.

Police officials at the high-rise in Kolkata at the time of the encounter on Wednesday (Courtesy: Anupam Mishra and Suryagni Roy/India Today)

Gangster Jaipal Bhullar and his aide Jassi Kharar were gunned down in Kolkata’s New Town area in a fierce encounter with the police. The joint operation to flush out the two dreaded criminals was carried out by the Punjab Police and STF (Special Task Force).

According to officials, Jaipal Bhullar is on the list of Punjab Police’s most wanted criminals. There are more than 50 criminal cases registered against Bhullar in police stations across Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and Delhi.

The encounter on Wednesday took place at the Sapoorji Palanji complex in Kolkata’s New Town area. Increased police deployment was seen in the area, including Rapid Action Force (RAF) personnel. Bidhannagar Commissioner of police, Additional Director General (STF) and other senior officials were also spotted at the encounter site.

A video of the encounter site shot by an onlooker (Courtesy: Anupam Mishra and Suryagni Roy/India Today)

A tip-off that arms dealers were hiding in flat B-154 led the STF to the residential complex in the New Town area on Wednesday.

During the combing operation, the two criminals opened fire at the STF and Punjab Police. Both Gangster Jaipal Bhullar and his aide Jassi Kharar were killed in retaliatory firing.

A video of the encounter site shot by an onlooker (Courtesy: Anupam Mishra and Suryagni Roy/India Today)

One police officer is also said to have suffered injuries in the encounter.

According to sources, the STF recently intercepted a massive consignment of arms in West Bengal’s Birbhum. It was the subsequent investigation into the matter that led the STF and Punjab Police to Jaipal Bhullar.

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