“I am an accused for murder and criminal conspiracy. I am in the police station to surrender”, said Sheru Bhati to cops.
In what seems to have popped straight out of a Bollywood crime thriller, cops of Bisrakh police station in Greater Noida were shell-shocked when a man appeared before them, pleaded that he be put behind bars.
Cops got baffled further as the man claimed that he was the prime an accused in the high-profile murder of local BJP leader Shiv Kumar Yadav. Yadav's two gunners and a girl passing through, were also killed.
The accused Sheru Bhati told cops, “I am from Ganghol village. I read in the newspapers that there is a bounty of Rs. fifty thousand on my head and I am the prime accused in the BJP leader’s murder under sections 302 (murder) and 120 (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC. “
He further added that he was terrified of the daily encounters of criminals taking place in Western UP and thus, thought surrendering himself was the best option.
With several notorious criminals being killed or arrested in encounters by the UP police, fear and anxiety has gripped other criminals who are still at large. According to police, Sheru is accused in over a dozen cases of murder, robbery and attempt to murder, including the high profile killing of the local BJP leader.
The cops present in the police station asked him where was the weapon of offence, and very timidly, he took out his 0.32 bore pistol and live cartridges in front of the police.
Shiv Kumar Yadav and his two gunners were killed in Tigri village in Noida Extension on 16 November, 2017. The assailants, travelling on a motorcycle, opened fire on Yadav who was in his SUV with his two gunners. All three were killed on the spot. A 14-year-old girl also lost her life when the out of control SUV hit her.
"Sheru was associated with the Sunder Bhati gang for several years and is also a close relative of Sunder Bhati, who is currently in judicial custody. He was absconding after the incident and the district and session’s court had issued a non-bailable warrant against him in connection with Yadav’s murder. A reward of Rs 50,000 was declared on him after the incident" said a senior police officer.