He is one of the most dreaded and notorious gangsters of Uttar Pradesh. Even a Bhojpuri film was named after him.
The Special Cell of Delhi Police managed to nab Prem Prakash Singh, better known as Munna Bajrangi, from Mumbai on Thursday.
The main accused in the murder of Bharatiya Janata Party MLA Krishnanand Rai, Bajrangi carries a reward of Rs. 7 lakh on his head.
Sources said a team of the Special Cell was on his trail for the last one week.
He was living in Mumbai for the last 8-9 months under the name of Prem Prakash Singh, which is his real name.
Bajrangi managed to give them a slip the first time they tried to catch him last week.
“We reached his hideout in Mumbai but he managed to give us a slip. On Thursday, the team traced him to Malad in northwest Mumbai and arrested him,” said a senior police officer on condition of anonymity, as he was not authorised to speak to the media.
Bajrangi gained notoriety among Delhi Police after an encounter with the slain special cell cop Rajbir Singh.
On September 11, 1998, a team of Special Staff of North Delhi Police headed by Rajbir Singh and Uttar Pradesh Police managed to nab him.
Even then Bajrangi did not give in easily.
He was surrounded on GT Road in Samaipur Badli area in northwest Delhi. His accomplice Jitender Tyagi died in the gunfight and Bajrangi received 11 bullet injuries.
A member of the police team was also seriously injured.
After being discharged from hospital, he was moved to Naini Jail in Allahabad. He was later released on bail after which many officers feared being targeted by him.
Known to have alleged Dawood links, Bajrangi is also reportedly a close aid of a UP-based gangster Mukhtar Ansari.
Police said Bajrangi ran an extortion racket in UP, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh.
He is involved in more than 150 cases of contract killing and extortion, and is also a key player in Railways contract mafia.
He is also into gold and drug smuggling.