3 dead, 5 injured in shootout between two gangs in Delhi
A battle for supremacy over turf in the National Capital Region has led to a spate of gang wars among trigger-happy mobsters who are ready to drop bodies at the slightest provocation.
And while the gangs of Wasseypur or a shootout at Lokhandwala have been celebrated on celluloid, the crime crews that hold the reins of the underworld in Delhi also have a decades-long history of rivalries that sporadically erupt in violent confrontations.
On Monday, the bad blood between two syndicates spilled out onto the streets of North Delhi as three people including a woman were killed and five others injured during a shootout at a busy marketplace.
The gun battle was the upshot of years-old rivalry between the Jitender Gogi and Tillu gangs that figure among the most dreaded crime mobs in the national Capital, with involvement in dozens of cases of murder, dacoity, land-grabbing and extortion and having managed to outsmart police on several occasions.
Sources say the rivalry between the leaders of the two gangs kicked off during the Delhi University students union elections a few years ago when they were hired by candidates to help them fight the polls. The two syndicates, active in extortion and kidnapping for ransom, slowly began expanding their network and carried out several murders to impose their dominance in the region.
Since the two ganglords came from adjoining villages in North West Delhi, violent clashes became quite frequent. At least five members of both Tillu and Gogi gangs have been killed so far.
According to the police, these groups first started recruiting children as their members who would be used to kill their targets and also spy on rivals as they could easily escape from the clutches of cops. Also, if caught, the minors would come out of jail in a maximum of three years.
On May 29, Dinesh Kumar of the Gogi gang was shot at inside the Tis Hazari court complex by a boy hired by the Tillu gang. While Dinesh received a bullet injury on his shoulder, the special cell managed to apprehend the kid who later confessed to killing Monu Nepali, another member of the Gogi gang, outside Rohini court just two months before this incident.
A special cell officer said, the gangs mostly operate from outer Delhi areas like Narela, Bawana, Mundka, Alipur and Najafgarh and their network is also spread in neighbouring Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh. The shootout on Monday morning in Sant Nagar was triggered by an old enmity between Tillu and Gogi gangs.
Members of both gangs were involved in the firing, said Jatin Narwal, deputy commissioner of police (north district). He said the local police as well as special cell were investigating the matter.
Police sources said the Manjeet Mahal gang was another notorious group involved primarily in cases of extortion and land-grabbing. Manjeet is said have links in several states where he has spread his network. He is currently lodged in Gurugrams Bhondsi jail and has developed close ties with the citys Binder Gujjar gang. These two mobsters are running the extortion business from jail and several top businessmen in Delhi and Gurugram are their prime targets.
GOING FOR THE KILL
Another most-wanted name on the list is of Surender alias Samunder Khatri from Narela. He came out of Tihar on parole on January 16, 2015, but the very next day he shot dead a Delhi Police constable who was collecting information about his gang.
Khatri was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2010 for a murder he had committed in Sonepat in Haryana. He had murdered a constable in Civil Lines in Gurugram as well. Khatri is at large since then.
Hashim Baba also features on the infamous list as he has spread his network in the North East Delhi and further established links with gangs in western UP and Faridabad. A ruthless killer, Baba was jailed in 2014 after being arrested by crime branch from Ramnagar in Uttarakhand.
However, he jumped parole last year. In the second half of 2017, his rival, Chhenu Irfan, got several of his associates murdered. Since then, Baba has been seeking vengeance, sources say.