Five more characters in the five-year-old rivalry between two of Delhi’s most notorious gangs have been put behind the bars by Delhi Police.
Three among those arrested are alleged to be involved in the murder of Shri Krishan, the father of Manjeet Mahal – Delhi’s top gangsters who is currently in Tihar jail.
The five, henchmen of the Nandu gang, were arrested after a brief gunfight on Saturday evening. The Nandu gang is led by the Sangwan brothers – Jyoti and Kapil – archrivals of Manjeet Mahal.
Senior police officers said the arrests have prevented a bloodbath at Mahal’s house in Mitraon village. The five were headed to Mitraon to wipe out the entire Mahal family.
The killings were allegedly planned allegedly by Kapil and Jyoti to avenge the murders of their two close aides, Vikrant and Dinesh alias Mangu, in Gurgaon and Chhawla in February. The two were murdered within a span of 12 days, after the murder of Mahal’s father.
Shri Krishan’s murder was the fallout of the long standing gang war between Mahal and Nandu gangs, which has claimed over a dozen lives on the southwestern outskirts of Delhi and areas bordering Haryana in the past five years. In the last one year, since both the gang leaders are in jail, their henchmen are targeting family members.
Police said the five sharpshooters were also looking for an opportunity to target Mahal, either during his appearance in courts. It was claimed that they had also planned to kill Mahal when he had gone for the funeral rites of his father.
The rivalry between between Sangwan brothers and Mahal started in 2012 when Dinesh Dalal, a close aide of Mahal and a big name in Delhi’s crime world, was murdered by their rival gang led by Dhirpal Kana, Vikas Langarpuria and Jyoti Sangwan.
Mahal retaliated with an attack on Kana by his henchmen in 2013 in outer Delhi.
In 2015, Mahal again struck at the Nandu gang after one Ballu threatened his accomplice Nafe Mantri. When Mahal came to know about it, he took along Mantri and reached Ballu’s office in Dinapur. They killed one Sunil.
But the Sangwan brothers took just three hours to strike back. Since Jyoti was in jail, Kapil and his men killed Mantri’s father at his home.
Even though almost all the ganglords from Najafgarh and adjacent areas are in jail, the gang war has not abated. Police officers say that despite being in jail, the crime lords continue to plan and execute their plans against their rivals through relatively smaller gangs, who are eager to graduate in the crime world.