Meerut: A murder convict, in his early 40s, who escaped from Muzaffarnagar district jail in June 2021, was nabbed by police on Thursday night following a brief exchange of fire. He was on a bike and sustained a bullet injury in his leg. The exchange of fire took place near Mirzapur Dalpat village in Muzaffarnagar district, located within the Jansath police station limits, police said on Friday.
The notorious criminal carried a reward of Rs 50,000 and he was arrested based on a tip-off from an informer here, said the senior superintendent of police of Muzaffarnagar, Vineet Jaiswal. The criminal, identified as Ajay alias Ajit Singh, was involved in several cases of murder and loot. He was wanted in connection with the killing of a government teacher, Radhey Shyam, who was shot dead and his body dumped in the Ganga canal in 2021.
Police said Ajit and Vikas -a petty offender, were shifted to a makeshift prison in Muzaffar Nagar along with other prisoners due to the Covid scare when they swapped their identities and documents hoodwinking the jail authorities. The jail administration came to know about the swapping 19 days after the incident. After escaping from jail, Ajit allegedly killed a man in the Ghaziabad district, burnt his body, and left his own belongings on the crime spot to deceive the police in 2021. According to officials, Singh’s family members had helped to hatch the conspiracy.