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Gangster Munna Bajrangi shot dead in UP jail, co-prisoner arrested

Press Trust of India  |  Baghpat/Lucknow 

Mafia don Prem Prakash Singh, alias Bajrangi, was allegedly shot dead by another gangster inside a jail in Uttar Pradesh's 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.

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.

Ten empty shells of a .762 bore weapon and some live cartridges were recovered from inside the district jail, (Law and Order) told reporters in

"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 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 Jail since July 31 last year, officials said.

Rathi was taken into custody and interrogated.

Bajrangi was kept in a cell with 10 other inmates, including Rathi, said (Prisons)

"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 of Police Jaiprakash.

Four jail officials -- Jailor Udai Pratap Singh, Deputy Jailor Shivaji Yadav, and -- were suspended.

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.

"I want to tell UP that a conspiracy is being hatched to kill him in a fake encounter," Seema had told reporters in on June 29.

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

"It is divine justice. I am happy," Rai's wife told reporters after of Bajrangi's killing came in.

Bajrangi had unsuccessfully contested the 2012 Assembly polls from Madiyahu seat in Jaunpur on an Apna Dal ticket.

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

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.

He carried out his first major crime in 1984 after he killed a Bajrangi also murdered Ramchandra Singh, police officials said.

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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First Published: Mon, July 09 2018. 18:55 IST