The confrontation unfolded when Kalia was reportedly on a mission to carry out a contract killing, as stated in an official statement from the STF.
In a significant operation, the Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force (STF) successfully neutralized Rashid Kalia, a notorious criminal with a history of 40 murders and a ₹1.25 lakh bounty on his head, in an encounter at Mauranipur in Jhansi on Saturday morning.
The encounter unfolded when Kalia, allegedly on a mission for a contract killing, was confronted by the STF, leading to a fierce exchange of fire, as detailed in an official statement from the STF. During the shootout, both a deputy SP and an Inspector rank officer were struck by bullets, but their bulletproof vests prevented any injuries.
Uttar Pradesh | Rashid Kalia, accused in the Pintu Sengar murder case and carrying a reward of Rs 1.25 lakh, got injured following an encounter with the STF team in Jhansi. He has been admitted to the hospital.
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Rashid Kalia’s criminal dossier is marked by involvement in numerous high-profile cases, notably the 2020 murder of Pintu Sengar, a notorious gangster turned politician. Known for his ability to maintain a low profile to evade law enforcement, the 45-year-old criminal faced charges in 11 serious crimes in Kanpur alone.
The STF successfully seized two factory-made pistols and the motorcycle that Kalia was riding at the time of the encounter, further dismantling the criminal’s arsenal and means of transport. The operation marks a significant breakthrough in the ongoing efforts to curb organized crime in the region.