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Gangster Bajrangi shot dead in Baghpat jail

Press Trust of India  |  Baghpat (UP) 

Dreaded gangster Prem Prakash Singh alias was shot dead allegedly by another gangster lodged in the district jail here today following an altercation, the police said.

Terming the incident as serious, Yogi Adityanath has ordered a probe.

Four jail officials have been suspended in connection with the incident.

Additional Director General, Prisons, said that (51) was kept in a cell with 10 other inmates including Sunil Rathi, who is also a gangster and lodged in since July 31 last year.

"Rathi shot after they entered into an altercation this morning inside the jail," the ADG said adding that Rathi has been taken into police custody.

Bajrangi was brought here from yesterday and was to be produced in a local court today in a case of demanding extortion money from BJP MLA Lokesh Dixit in 2017.

of Police, Baghapt, said Rathi was being interrogated.

"More than one shot was fired. After the incident, Rathi threw the weapon in a sewer. We are probing how the weapon reached the jail," the SP said.

Bajrangi along with BSP MLA was also named in the killing of former BJP in 2005.

Principal Secretary, Home, said Jailor, Udai Pratap Singh, Deputy Jailor, Shivaji Yadav, Head Warden, and Warden, Madhav Kumar, have been suspended in connection with the incident.

A probe by a will be undertaken as per procedure, he said and added that an FIR has been lodged in the matter.

On June 29, Bajrangi's wife held a press conference in which she alleged that her husband's life was in danger.

"My husband's life is in danger. and I want to tell UP that a conspiracy is being hatched to kill him in a fake encounter," Seema had alleged.

Bajrangi, who was accused in as many as 40 criminal cases including that of murder and extortion had contested the 2012 Assembly polls from Madiyahu seat in Jaunpur on an Apna Dal ticket.

In March 2016, Bajrangi's Pushpjeet, who looked after his business, was shot dead in Vikas Nagar colony of and his close associate was shot at in in December last year.

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First Published: Mon, July 09 2018. 15:25 IST