Mafia don Prem Prakash Singh, alias Munna Bajrangi, was allegedly shot dead by another gangster inside the district jail here today, hours before he was to be produced in a local court in a case of demanding extortion money from a former BSP legislator, police said.
Four jail officials, including the jailor and the head warden, were suspended in connection with the incident.
Bajrangi, 51, was allegedly killed by Sunil Rathi, who is also a gangster and had been in Baghpat Jail since July 31 last year, officials said.
Rathi has been taken into custody and is being interrogated.
"Rathi shot Bajrangi after they got into an altercation this morning inside the jail," Prakash said.
Bajrangi was to be produced in a local court today in a case of demanding extortion money from former BSP MLA Lokesh Dixit in 2017.
"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," said Baghpat Superintendent of Police Jaiprakash.
A probe by a judicial magistrate will be undertaken in accordance with procedure, he said, adding that an FIR was lodged in the matter.
Bajrangi's wife Seema Singh, who had called a press conference 10 days ago on June 29 to allege that her husband's life was in danger, has demanded a CBI probe.
Bajrangi had unsuccessfully contested the 2012 Assembly polls from Madiyahu seat in Jaunpur on an Apna Dal ticket.
As a teenager, Bajrangi is believed to have developed an affinity for arms and entered the world of crime at an early age.
The first case against him -- for fighting and possessing illegal arms -- was filed when he was just 17 years old.
Bajrangi, who was also known as mafia-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari's right hand, had joined Ansari's gang in the 90s, they said.
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