Mafia don Munna Bajrangi shot dead in Baghpat jail
Baghpat: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath might be boasting high about law and order in the state, but under the BJP regime, even the 'jails' are not safe as mafia don Munna Bajrangi alias Prem Prakash was shot dead in the district jail here 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.
He was to be produced before a court here in the BSP MLA murder case (Rangdari case).
Munna Bajrangi was shot inside the Baghpat District Jail at around 6:30 am. According to the police, Sunil Rathi, who is an arch-rival of Bajrangi, shot him with a pistol.
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It is worth mentioning that Bajrangi shared close ties with don-turned politician Mukhtar Ansari.
Bajrangi, whose writ ran large and wide in the eastern part of the state for the past three decades, was shifted for hearing in an extortion case filed two years back by former Baghpat legislator Lokesh Dixit.
He was kept in a solitary cell. There were other dreaded mobster like Vicky Sunehra and Sunil Rathi also lodged in the same jail.
Bajrangi's family feared for his life and only 10 days back his wife Seema had requested the judge not to transfer her husband to Baghpat but conduct the hearing through videoconferencing.
She alleged that the Special Task Force (STF) of the state police was trying to get Bajrangi eliminated.
UP Director General of Police (DGP) OP Singh has summoned ADG to take cognizance of the matter. Taking strict and immediate action into the matter, UP CM Yogi Adityanath ordered suspension of four cops including the Jailer and Deputy Jailer of the Baghpat District Jail have been suspended and judicial probe has been ordered.
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.