Mafia don Prem Prakash Singh, alias Munna Bajrangi, was allegedly shot dead by another gangster inside a jail in Uttar Pradesh's Baghpat town today, hours before he was to be produced in a local court in a case of extorting money from a former BSP legislator, police said.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath termed the killing of 51-year-old Bajrangi, who was listed as an accused in 40 criminal cases, including those of murder and extortion, "serious" and ordered a probe.
"Three probes - by jail authorities, a magisterial inquiry and a judicial inquiry - are going on in the matter," he said, adding that an FIR in the matter was registered by jail authorities.
Bajrangi was transferred with full security from Jhansi to Baghpat jail yesterday and was to be produced in a local court today in a case of demanding extortion money from former BSP MLA Lokesh Dixit in 2017, Kumar said.
Bajrangi 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 was taken into custody and interrogated.
"Rathi shot Bajrangi after they got into an altercation this morning inside the jail," Prakash said.
"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," added Baghpat Superintendent of Police Jaiprakash.
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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