The realty boom over the last two decades in Gurgaon gave rise to numerous gangsters operating under the garb of property dealers, realtors and rent collectors who use threats and muscle power to intimidate their victims and rivals to settle business disputes.
According to police sources, a majority of these gangs do not use weapons to settle disputes and resort to violence only when there is a serious breach in each other’s area of operation that includes extortion, gambling and other such activities.
Police sources said an analysis of their activities over the years show that these gangs prefer to “outsource” murders contracts to hitmen from Uttar Pradesh and Delhi who have a “reputation” for being “professional”.
A few years ago, areas like Ghata village, Sohna Road (leading towards Badshahpur), Hero Honda Chowk and even the crowded district court premises saw several shootouts. But since 2006 the situation changed.
The attack on Rakesh Hayatpur on July 15 this year seemed to be a case of gang rivalry, which could date back to 2011 when he allegedly plotted the murder of the Hayatpur village head.
On June 23, 2011, the 26-year-old sarpanch of Hayatpur, Rakesh Yadav, was chased and killed by four contract killers allegedly over a feud between two families regarding a piece of land in the village.
The angry villagers managed to nab one of the killers and allegedly burnt him alive. Hayatpur was arrested a day later and he reportedly confessed to hatching the murder plot. After the murder of the sarpanch, Hayatpur allegedly hired four sharpshooters to eliminate all witnesses in the case. Presently, Hayatpur is dealing in real estate, the officer said.
Like Hayatpur, police say gangster Sandeep Gadoli too is a hardened criminal who is on the run from the police.
Another gangster Binder Gujjar, who later turned a politician, was attacked three years ago. Police sources said this led to Gujjar allegedly taking out a contract against those involved in the attack. Two youths were murdered but Gujjar escaped jail as the case could not stand in the court of law.
Mahesh alias Attack is still involved in gambling and extortion, police said. A survey carried out by the Huda revealed that Mahesh has illegally encroached upon land in Sectors 32, 39, 31, 45, 46, 51 and 52.
Gurgaon police commissioner Navdeep Singh Virk said, “Our crime teams are keeping an eye on the activities of all criminal gangs and they will not be allowed to disturb the peace of the city.”