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Dreaded criminal shot dead by special task force in Varanasi

VARANASI: A dreaded looter and sharpshooter Deepak Verma, wanted in several cases of murder and extortion, was gunned down by the STF in an exchange of fire near Bariyasanpur village under Cholapur police station of the district on Monday afternoon.
A total of 26 cases of murder, loot and other crimes were lodged against Verma, on whom police had announced a cash reward of Rs 1 lakh. Verma, who had been a sharpshooter of slain mafia don Prem Prakash alias Munna Bajrangi, was absconding since 2015. He was involved in several sensationonal murders, including double murder at Naini central jail gate in Prayagraj.
According to STF, on getting inputs regarding the presence of Verma in Bariyasanpur village under Cholapur police station, the STF Varanasi field unit team led by deputy SP Shailesh Singh and Inspector Amit Srivastava cordoned the road leading to the village. When Verma along with one accomplice came out of the village on a motorcycle, he was surrounded by cops. He then opened indiscriminate fire on the policemen.
The STF personnel returned the fire. Verma suffered bullet injuries and fell on the road while his accomplice managed to escape. Cops rushed a severely injured Verma to SPG divisional hospital where doctors declared him dead. Police recovered a pistol, a revolver, live cartridges and motorcycle from the spot.
Regarding Verma’s criminal history, police said that a total of 26 criminal cases mostly of murder, loot and extortion were lodged against him with police stations of Varanasi and Prayagraj.
A native of Ramapura Luxa area in Varanasi, Verma had become active in the crime world in 2011 and was sent to jail by police. After coming out of jail, he was absconding since 2015.
“In 2015, Verma had dumped the body of Golu Yadav after killing him,” said police adding, “In the same year Verma murdered a corporator of Varanasi Municipal Corporation Shiv Seth while in 2016 his involvement had come to like in sensation double murder at Naini jail gate in Prayagraj.”
Verma had initially joined the gang of Bajrangi’s sharpshooter Rayis Banarasi. After Rayis was killed in gang war, Verma associated with Bajrangi directly.
After the killing of Bajrangi in Baghpat jail, Verma formed his own gang to run an extortion trade, targeting doctors and traders. None of his victims showed courage to lodge complaints against him with police due to his terror.

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