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The mastermind of gang operating in Barrackpore and Penal was killed in a shootout with police on Wednesday and his accomplice taken into custody.

The suspect, 34, from Teelucksingh Trace, Barrackpore, was fished out a river along Sukhan Trace, Barrackpore near his home.

Police said he and his accomplice were members of a group responsible for hijacking motorists and using the stolen vehicles to commit robberies and other crimes.

Police said around 12.05 am, the suspects robbed a home in Barrackpore and drove off with the family’s black Royal Saloon.

The suspects then used the car to carry out other robberies in Penal and Barrackpore on Wednesday.

But with an All-Points Bulletin issued for the car, two South Western Division officers on patrol spotted the car along Manohar Trace, Rochard Road, Barrackpore and chased the suspects.

As backup arrived, the suspects eventually crashed on the roadside. One of the suspects was held while the other escaped and robbed a woman of her Nissan Almera at gunpoint.

In a bid to evade the officers, the suspect sped off and crashed.

One suspect, who wore a mask over his face, exited the car and ran into a swampy area. As the officers drew close, the man opened fire. However, the officers returned fire and the suspect fell into a river.

A .38 revolver and a quantity of ammunition were recovered from the river. police recovered a gun, ski-masks and gloves from one of the stolen vehicles.

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