Akhilesh Singh at a Gurgaon hospital after his arrest on Wednesday. Telegraph picture
Jamshedpur, Oct. 11: Fugitive gangster Akhilesh Singh, wanted in over 50 cases of murder and extortion and carrying a reward of Rs 5 lakh on his head, was arrested by Jharkhand and Haryana police following an encounter at a Gurgaon guesthouse early this morning.
The 39-year-old son of a former cop from Jamshedpur has sustained bullet wounds on both legs in retaliatory fire and has been admitted to hospital. He will be brought to the state on transit remand once he recovers.
Besides Akhilesh, his wife Garima Singh (30), against whom a cheating case is pending in Gurgaon, has also been arrested, said Kolhan DIG Saket Kumar Singh.
"Acting on specific information, a joint police team raided the guesthouse near DLX Colony in Gurgaon around 4am. The gangster, apprehending arrest, opened fire on police and was injured in retaliatory fire. He has been admitted to a Gurgaon hospital with two bullet wounds, one on each leg," the DIG said.
East Singhbhum rural SP Prabhat Kumar led the Jharkhand police team.
The DIG said Akhilesh's transit remand would be secured within a fortnight.
"There is a case registered against Akhilesh in Gurgaon. Bringing him here will take a week or two."
Son of former assistant sub-inspector Chandragupt Singh, Akhilesh shot to underworld infamy after he gunned down Sakchi businessman Om Prakash Kabra in November 2002. He was arrested in 2003.
In January 2005, Akhilesh was convicted for the March 12, 2002, murder of jailer Uma Shankar Pandey and awarded life term. He was sent to Ghaghidih Central Jail. In 2007, he was granted parole to see his ailing mother, but made good his escape.
Akhilesh, however, surrendered in May 2015 and was granted bail by Jharkhand High Court on the condition that he would appear before it every two months. He absconded once again in March 2016.
Between 2007 and 2016, Akhilesh beefed up his underworld network in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Delhi, besides his home state Jharkhand, where his henchmen began extorting businessmen, and kidnapping and killing those who failed to pay up.
On November 30 last year, the Akhilesh gang gunned down transporter Upendra Singh on Sitaramdera civil court premises and less than a month later, on December 6, also shot dead Upendra's aide Amit Rai in Sonari.
Father Chandragupt, currently associated with Ajsu Party, said he heard about Akhilesh's arrest in the morning news at their Sidhgora residence. He claimed the gangster had offered to surrender several times and had petitioned Jharkhand police to consider his rehab, but his pleas were never entertained.
"When a wanted Maoist like Kundan Pahan can be pardoned by the government and brought to the social mainstream, why not my son?" Chandragupt asked, adding that vested interests were not allowing Akhilesh a second chance.
CLAIM TO INFAMY
*Key accused in gangster Paramjeet Singh's shooting inside Ghaghidih Central Jail in March 2009
*Named conspirator in Tata Steel security inspector Jairam Singh's killing near Jubilee Park in October 2008
*Prime accused in shoe baron Ashis Dey's murder in Aambagan, Sakchi, in November 2007
*Shot dead mobile dealer Om Prakash Kabra at his Sakchi shop in November 2002
*Gunned down jailer Uma Shankar Pandey inside Sakchi Divisional Jail in March 2002