Patna: An encounter took place between Special Task Force (STF) and criminals in Pandarak, 60 km from Patna, on Saturday morning. The encounter took place in the riverine area of the Ganga when the STF team had reached there following information that local criminals were planning to execute some big incident.
Eyewitnesses say that the entire riverine area thundered during cross firing between STF and criminals . According to police sources, approximately 150 rounds were fired in the encounter with the criminals.
While it has been reported that close to 80 rounds were fired by the criminals and STF fired almost 75 rounds in retaliation. The encounter continued for more than 4 hours after which the criminals managed to escape from the spot.
The encounter began after the criminals came to know about the police action against them.
After almost four hours of encounter, the criminals left behind huge cache of arms and ammunitions and fled into the jungle. Soon after the encounter ended, the STF carried out search and combing operation in the entire riverine area.
Police sources said that the criminals with whom the encounter took place belonged to the Gaya gang headed by dreaded local gangster Ram Janam Yadav. The gang who involved in several incidents of loot, kidnapping and extortion for last several years.