Indore: Ujjain police have nabbed a notorious criminal and drug peddler Banshi Gurjar, who was presumed to have been bumped off by Neemuch police in an encounter in February 2009.
IG Ujjain Upendra Jain told DNA that following a tip off the police nabbed Gurjar from Dhaba road Neemuch.
" We will probe to ascertain how the police earlier declared Gurjar dead," the IGP told DNA.
This is not the first the case where a criminal used his nexus with police to have him declared dead for evading law.
In September this year, Ujjain police had arrested a notorious drug-smuggler who had tried to pose dead and mislead the law enforcers by planting his identity marks on a dead man.
Ghanshyam Dhakad killed a man to deceive the police. He planted his mobile phone and identity card on the deceased's body to make it appear as though the deceased was Ghanshyam Dhakad.
Incidentally, it is Dhakad who during interrogation revealed that Banshi Gurjar, who was 'encountered' in 2009, is actually alive.
Dhakad also admitted that he had played a middleman for striking a deal between Gurjar and a police officer, so that Gurjar could pose himself dead and lead a life scot-free.
Gurjar, a resident of Bhadwa village in Neemuch, is an opium dealer. He had serious charges against him including murder, assaulting and snatching weapons from police personnel, helping inmates in jail break.
He was declared a wanted criminal by both Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan police in 2006 and ever since he was at large.
On the night of February 8, 2009, Neemuch police conducted an encounter in Baisala Ghat Rampura between Neemuch and Mandsaur and later claimed that they have eliminated Gurjar in the encounter. The family of the deceased also quietly performed the 'last rites' of Gurjar the next day.