People who live by the gun die by the gun. Bunty’s short career as a trigger-happy killer ended early Monday morning as a police team caught up with him in a South Delhi colony near Apollo hospital.
Bunty was actually Omprakash, a school dropout who wanted to learn English. But his real ambition, the police said, was to become a gangster. And he never hesitated to use his gun. He was 32.
For a few weeks starting last April, Bunty and his gang riding bikes went on a killing spree shooting dead people at random — one person was shot as he tried to prevent them from robbing another man of his motorbike.
On Monday morning, the police threw a ring around a house in Saurabh Vihar in south Delhi on information that Bunty and a friend Rajesh were hiding there. “The iron gate of the godown where he was hiding was locked from inside. We forced it open and asked the two men to surrender. They opened fire on us and we retaliated,” said HGS Dhlaiwal, DCP (south).
The abandoned godown belongs to D.K. Mittal, owner of Mittal farmhouse who was arrested earlier this year for allegedly having his brother-in-law Arun Gupta killed by contract killers.
“Bunty had taken two bullets. We put him in an ambulance and rushed him to AIIMS Trauma center. He died on way to hospital, Rajesh succumbed at the spot,” said Dhaliwal.
The police said he was involved in 41 cases of murders, attempted murders and robberies, 19 of these came in a quick succession starting April when he shot dead three people within a few hours in south Delhi.
Bunty started out in crime as a pickpocket and bounded up the ladder to armed robberies and murders, starting a short incarceration at Tihar Jail. That really launched him into the world of crime.