Three undertrials in a murder case and lodged in Bhodsi jail in Gurgaon were killed while four policemen and two other inmates were injured when the vehicle they were travelling in back to prison after court appearance were fired upon by more than a dozen unidentified assailants near Duleena village of Jhajjar district on Saturday afternoon.
The crime occurred at around 3pm when Jhajjar police personnel were escorting the inmates back to Bhodsi jail after hearing at the district and sessions courts in Rohtak.
After firing at the police vehicle, the assailants escaped. Rohtak Range IG Alok Mittal, Rohtak SP Vivek Sharma and Jhajjar SP PR Singh reached the spot with heavy police force after the incident.
According to information, Jhajjar police was ferrying "hardcore criminals" Shri Bhagwan, Dilbag, Anil, Ranbeer, Fauji and Naseeb Singh in a prison van for a hearing in Rohtak sessions court in Fauji Dhaba murder case on Saturday.
As the prison van along with an escort police vehicle reached near Duleena village after court hearing, a truck hit the prison van from behind.
Suddenly, four white jeeps arrived at the spot and around 15 unknown assailants came out and started firing on the prison van. Those who died on the spot included two brothers Shri Bhagwan and Dilbag as well as Anil, while Ranbeer and Naseeb were seriously injured.
Six persons, including ASI Dinesh Kumar and constable Vivek Kumar, were seriously injured. All the injured were admitted to PGIMS at Rohtak.
Rohtak Range IG Alok Mittal said that the three inmates who died in the firing were "hardcore criminals" and were facing around 10 criminal cases. He claimed the incident was a fallout of rivalry between two gangs.