Police on Friday night arrested a wanted criminal after a gunfight in Varanasi’s Lanka area. The criminal, Rupesh Verma alias Sunny alias Professor, was on the run after allegedly killing a BHU student.
The police got a tip-off on the presence of Verma in the area, following which they cordoned off Lanka. Verma, who hails from Bihar’s Buxar, opened fire at the police while attempting to flee on a motorcycle with his accomplice Raja Dubey alias Ravan.
Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Anand Kulkarni said that the cops retaliated and Verma was shot in the leg.
He was carrying a reward of Rs 25,000. Police also said that the bike on which he tried to flee was looted from a few days ago on the national highway.
Dubey, however, managed to escape. A sub-inspector, Ishwar Dayal, was also injured in the exchange of fire.
Verma was admitted to a government hospital in Ramnagar, while the sub-inspector, who received bullet injuries in his hands, was admitted to BHU’s Trauma Centre, where his health condition was stated to be stable.
Both Verma and Dubey were wanted in the murder case of BHU student Gaurav Singh.
Singh was shot by four bike-borne assailants in front of the Lal Bahadur Shastri Hostel on campus premises.
The police had on 3 April arrested four persons in connection with Singh’s killing.
Singh, 23, was a suspended student of the prestigious institution. He was rushed to the Trauma Centre of Institute of Medical Sciences at BHU with bullet injuries where he succumbed.
Police said that a hunt is on to nab Dubey.
On Friday, BHU students took out a candle march holding placards that read “We want justice for Gaurav Singh” and “We demand CBI probe”.