Loan collectors hijack bus in Agra with 34 passengers, arrested after meeting with police
Employees of a finance company who allegedly hijacked a private bus with 34 passengers on board in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, opened fire on police when they were arrested at a checkpoint in Fatehabad, Haryana.
Police also opened fire in retaliation and shot one of the culprits in the leg while another managed to escape. The main accused behind the hijacking of the Gurugram bus in Madhya Pradesh was arrested by Agra police on August 20.
The accused has been identified as Pradeep Gupta, who was shot in the leg during the encounter.
The main defendant in the bus ‘hijacking’ case Pradeep Gupta was arrested after meeting with the police. He was on his motorbike and was found in the Fatehabad area of the Agra district in the early hours of Thursday “, Babloo Kumar, SSP Agra mentioned.
CCTV footage identified Gupta at the toll booth on August 19. “We have not yet recovered the SUV it was traveling in,” said SSP Kumar.
Pradeep Gupta, his five associates were arrested for dacoity and kidnapping at Malpura police station in Agra after Wednesday’s hijacking incident.
The private bus carrying 34 passengers left Gurugram for Jhansi at 3 a.m. on August 19. Unidentified men in SUVs caught up with the bus and stopped it after crossing the Raigad tollgate near New Southern Bypass in Agra. The men allegedly took control of the vehicle and hijacked it.
The bus was later found near a dhaba in the Etawah district.
The reason for the hijacking of the bus that belonged to Pawan Arora from Gwalior was a monetary dispute, according to police.
“Pradeep Gupta was involved in a monetary dispute with Ashok Arora, the father of Pawan Arora. Ashok Arora had succumbed to the coronavirus and a hijacking was planned by the accused Pradeep Gupta to realize the money he owed Arora “the police said.