Jodhpur: ‘007 gang’ leader Shyam Poonia, aide arrested; injured in police firing

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January 29, 2020, 3:04 pm


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Jaipur: A special team of Jodhpur police arrested three criminals associated the notorious ‘007 gang’ including its kingpin Shyam Poonia from Kolhapur district of Maharashtra. The other two are Shriram Manu and Shravan Bishnoi, close aides of Poonia. Police officials said that Shyam Poonia fired at the police team while they were being chased in Maharashtra. The policemen returned the fire in which Shyam Poonia and Shravan Bishnoi were injured. Both are admitted to a hospital in Kolhapur.

Shyam Poonia has sustained three bullet injuries and his condition is critical. Shravan Vishnoi has sustained one bullet injury.

SP Jodhpur (Rahul Barhat) said that a special team had been constituted to nab criminals of the notorious ‘007’ gang involved in several cases of murder attempt, extortion, robbery and violence in Jodhpur area.

“The special team consisting of DST Jodhpur rural Narendra Poonia, SHO Bhojasar Harisingh Rajpurohit and five others was rushed to Hubli after information about the whereabouts of the gang members in that area was received. Shyam Poonia and Shriram Manju fled towards Belgaum in a car. The team chased the criminals for over 200 km,” said the officer.

The officer said that when Shyam Poonia realized he couldn’t escape he opened firing at the police team chasing the car near Kini Toll Booth in Kolhapur. The police returned the fire.

Both sustained bullet injuries. They were rushed to a hospital in Kolhapur.

“An FIR has been registered against the criminals with Badgaon police station in Kolhapur for firing. The two are undergoing treatment,” said the officer.

Shyam Poonia has over 15 criminal cases pertaining to murder attempt, dacoity, loot and extortion registered against him with various police station in the state. Poonia is at No.6 on the list of the Rajasthan’s most wanted criminals. He carried a cash reward of Rs 30,000 on his head.

Similarly, Shiram Manju Bishnoi is at No. 25 on the list of the state’s most wanted criminals and has over 21 criminal cases registered against him with various police stations.

First published: January 29, 2020