The Gurgaon police arrested gangster-turned-municipal councillor Binder Gujjar and four of his henchmen in connection with the murder of a rival gang member on the eve of Diwali.
The arrested accomplices were identified as two professional shooters — Monu,22, and Pawan, 23, — and Sumit Kumar, 24, and Nadeem, 25.
“The accused were arrested for the murder of Rajkumar Sethi alias Raju, a property dealer. One of the accused is Binder Gujjar, a gangster and municipal councillor. He had hired two shooters to kill Sethi to settle scores with the rival Sandeep Gadoli gang,” Balbir Singh, deputy commissioner of police, said.
On the night of November 10, four men on a bike had shot Rajkumar Sethi alias Raju, 32, at a petrol pump near Sector 5. Sethi, an acquaintance of rival gangster Sandeep Gadloi, was visiting the owner of the fuel station to wish him for Diwali. The incident of the men chasing Sethi and shooting him was captured on five CCTV cameras installed in the area. The footage had gone viral on social media.
Nearly a month after the incident, the crime unit 4 in Sector 10 arrested Gujjar and his men based on a tip-off that the accused were planning another major attack in the city. The police also got to know that the five were travelling from Uttar Pradesh to Gurgaon with illegal weapons.
Acting on the tip-off, the police set up check posts on Sohna Road to nab the accused. Gujjar and the men in a red Tata Indigo crossed the check post at Subhash Chowk, a junction on Sohna Road, where the police signalled them to stop. When they did, the police identified and arrested them.
During questioning, Gujjar told the police that he had planned Raju’s murder to settle scores with Gadoli. Gujjar had hired professional shooters Monu and Pawan to kill Sethi, he told the police.
The other two — Sumit Kumar and Nadeem — helped the gang procure illegal weapons from Uttar Pradesh. The five men have been booked under several sections of the IPC, including attempt to murder, criminal intimidation and robbery, among others.