Gangster Munna Bajrangi shot dead in Baghpat jail, 4 officials suspended

Gangster Munna Bajrangi

Baghpat (UP), July 9: Dreaded gangster Munna Bajrangi was shot dead inside a high-security prison in Uttar Pradesh’s Baghpat jail on Monday morning.

The 51-year-old criminal was shot ten times and his body was then dumped into a gutter inside the prison premises, a police officer said.

Bajrangi was shifted there from Jhansi jail late on Sunday and was to be produced in a local court today in a case for demanding extortion money from BJP MLA Lokesh Dixit.

He was kept in a solitary cell. There were other dreaded mobsters like Vicky Sunehda, Sunil Rathi, also lodged in the same jail.

Following the incident, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath ordered the suspension of four prison officials — jailor, deputy jailor, head warder, warder. “Such an incident occurring inside jail premises is a serious matter. Will conduct an in-depth investigation and strict action to be taken against those responsible,” he told. A judicial inquiry has been ordered in the case and a high-level inquiry has been initiated to ascertain how the arms came inside the jail.

Police said the incident took place at around 6.30 am inside the prison, when the inmates were having tea and suddenly another jail inmate Sunil Rathiat, fired at Bajrangi from close range, killing him on the spot. “Security personnel went into a tizzy and they immediately rushed to the spot. Sunil was apprehended from the spot and he was taken to police custody,” a senior police officer said.

The incident comes days after Bajrangi’s wife Seema had said there threats to her husband’s life. “I want to tell UP CM Adityanath ji that my husband’s life is in danger. A conspiracy is being hatched to kill him in a fake encounter,” she had said in a press conference.

Adding that the Chief Minister was made aware of the threat to his life, Munna Bajrangi advocate, V Srivastava said,” He was brought to District Jail Baghpat from Jhansi, last night. At 6; 30 am today, a convict lodged in the jail shot him dead and hide the pistol in a gutter. Few days ago, we had made Uttar Pradesh CM aware of the threat to gangster Munna Bajrangi’s life”.

Bajrangi was arrested from Mumbai’s Malad area by the Delhi Police on October 29, 2009 and has been languishing in jails ever since.

He was an accused in the murder of senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Ram Chandra Singh and legislator Krishnanand Rai besides being accused of many murders, and extortions.

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