In a daring crime, dreaded sharp shooter was shot dead by allegedly by one of the jail inmate in Bhagpat district jail on Monday morning.
Prem Prakash alias Munna Bajrangi had come to Baghpat from Jhansi jail to appear in an extortion case. Sunil Rathi, another don operating in western UP, shot dead Bajrangi after a scuffle at 0600 hrs on Monday morning, Additional Director General (Prison) Chandra Prakash said.
Rathi fired 10 bullets at Bajrangi and later threw the firearm in a gutter inside the jail, the ADG said.
Bajrangi had come to Baghpat from Jhansi jail to appear in an extortion case of a former politician Lokesh Dikshit on Monday morning.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, who is in Moradabad, has ordered a judicial probe and suspension of the concerned jail officials in connection with the killing on Bajrangi.
An inmate shot him dead on Monday morning, Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) Law and Order Praveen Kumar told UNI.
"Such an incident occurring inside jail premises is a serious matter. An in-depth investigation will be conducted and strict action be taken against those responsible," Mr Adityanath told mediapersons in Moradabad.
Meanwhile, the family members of Bajrangi along with his wife Seema Singh rushed to the CM residence in Lucknow to register their protest but as the CM was not in the city, they returned.
On June 29, Seema had sought protection of her husband apprehending threat on Bajrangi's life. She had alleged that UP police was planning to kill her husband when he will be taken out of Jhansi jail.
Bajrangi's lawyer V Srivastava said in Baghpat, ''we had made UP CM aware of threat to gangster Bajrangi's life".
Principal Secretary (Home) Arvind Kumar said that four officials of Baghpat jail--Udai Pratap Singh (Jailor), Shivaji Yadav (Deputy Jailor), Arjinder Singh (Head Warden) and Madhav Kumar (Warden) have been suspended.
Kumar said the enquiry by a Judicial Magistrate has been ordered as per the procedure prescribed by NHRC which will enquire in detail of the incident including how an inmate got a firearm inside the jail.
He said that an FIR has been registered against the accused Rathi, who is presently under policy custody. "The NHRC has been informed and the postmortem of the body would be done by a panel of doctors which will be video recorded," he said while informing0 that senior officials have rushed to the Baghpat jail.
Alleged to be involved in atleast 40 killings in the state and the main accused in the murder of BJP MLA Krishnand Rai in Ghazipur in 2005, Bajrangi was in the jail for nine years.
On June 29 last, wife of dreaded sharp shooter Bajrangi, Seema Singh had urged UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to intervene over the threat to life of her husband.
Seema had alleged that senior police officials and UP ATS and STF were conspiring to kill her husband. "Police officials would kill my husband in a fake encounter when he comes out of the jail to appear in the court," she had alleged.
His wife also alleged that a few days back Bajrangi was attacked inside the Jhansi jail. She also alleged that some politicians and businessmen were also hatching conspiracy to kill her husband.
She said that Bajrangi had informed the court about the threat to his life and even given names of suspects to the concerned court," she said.
Bajrangi was in jail since 2009 for the murder of MLA Krishnanand Rai in 2005. Munna was arrested from Mumbai after UP police announced a reward of Rs 7 lakhs on his head.
Bajrangi had contested the UP assembly elections in 2012 from Mariyahu seat in Jaunpur district as a joint candidate of the Apna Dal and the Peace Party. He came third, bagging 12 per cent of votes. (UNI)