Top gangster shot dead in Delhi courtroom by assailants disguised as lawyers
New Delhi, Sep. 24 (IANS): In an incident that seemed ripped from a Bollywood potboiler, top Delhi gangster Jitender Singh Mann, alias Gogi, was shot dead in a courtroom on Friday by two assailants from the rival ‘Tilu’ gang, dressed in lawyers’ garb.
The two assailants were subsequently shot dead by the police as the incident led to chaos and panic in the courtroom where the judge had commenced proceedings. A woman lawyer was reportedly injured in the firing.
The incident occurred at the Rohini court complex when Gogi was being presented for hearing in a case against him.
The assailants suddenly took out their weapons from under their lawyer’s robes and opened fire at Gogi, who collapsed.
A lawyer, who was inside the courtroom at the time of the incident, told IANS that everything happened so fast that they were not even able to take a breath.
“The firing began just seconds before the hearing in the case of gangster Gogi. Even Judge Gagandeep Singh was sitting inside the courtroom,” he said, adding that there was utter chaos in the courtroom.
The police personnel guarding Gogi immediately retaliated and gunned down the attackers.
“There was an exchange of at least 30-35 rounds of fire between the cops and the attackers,” an eyewitness said.
Sources said that the attackers were from the Tilu Tajpuria gang and the Delhi Police’s Special Cell had an input about the possibility of such kind of an incident.
Gogi, who was arrested by the Special Cell in April, was involved in the killing of a Haryana-based singer, who was gunned down by assailants in Panipat in 2017. Gogi carried a cash reward of Rs 4 lakh in Delhi and INR 2.5 lakh in Haryana.
A Delhi Police spokesperson said that the police team took swift action and launched counter-firing. “Both assailants died along with Gogi,” the spokesperson said.
A woman lawyer was injured in the ricochet. “The bullet first touched the floor and then hit the woman lawyer on her feet,” said a source, adding that she was shifted to a nearby hospital.
The bodies of Gogi and his assailants were taken out of the court in two ambulances.
The court has now become like a fortress with heavy deployment of CISF personnel.