Unidentified gunmen shot dead Manish Gujjar, elder brother of jailed gangster and former Gurgaon councillor Binder Gujjar, in Gurgaon’s new colony area on Monday night.
According to the police, Manish, 42, alias Pappu, a liquor trader, was going to collect the cash at one of his liquor vends in his Hyundai Creta when a group of four-five men fired at him near Prem Mandir in at 12 midnight.
Manish, his driver Sukhbir and an friend Liyakat were injured in the firing and rushed to Medanta, the Medicity where Manish succumbed to bullet injuries, police said. Sukhbir and Liyakat are undergoing treatment at the hospital.
“Four-five gunmen already waiting near the liquor vend fired at him while he was in the SUV. Manish, his driver and another person were rushed to the hospital where Manish died,” said Sumit Kumar, deputy commissioner of police, (crime).
Manish runs 32 liquor shops with the name ‘Shiv Shakti Wines’ across Gurgaon.
Police said, at least 15 rounds were fired at the SUV in which Manish and the other two were travelling. Five bullets hit Manish including one in his head.
Based on the complaint registered by the deceased’s father Karan Singh, police have lodged an FIR at City police station against six people and others under sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder), 120 B (criminal conspiracy), 148 (armed rioting), 149 (unlawful assembly) of Indian Penal Code (IPC) and sections of Arms Act.
Police suspect the murder was a result of inter-gang rivalry. The six booked include Gadoli’s two brothers Bhram Prakash, Kuldeep Gadoli, sister Sudesh and gangster Kaushal, his brother Manish and aide Amit Daggar.
“We have lodged an FIR and are investigating the case. The body has been handed over to the family after post mortem,” Kumar added. “The family has alleged that Manish was killed in inter-gang rivalry. We have booked several people including six associated with Gadoli and Kausal gangs. Investigations will unravel the truth.
Manish’s younger brother Binder Gujjar, a rival of slain gangster Sandeep Gadoli, is serving a term at Bhondsi jail in connection with murder of a property dealer Raju Sethi on November 10, 2015. Binder’s driver Ashok Kumar was shot dead on October 4, 2015 allegedly by Gadoli’s men.
Their youngest brother Manoj Gujjar is one of the accused booked by Mumbai police as a conspirator in the alleged fake encounter of Sandeep Gadoli at a Mumbai hotel on February 7 this year.
Businessman Manish had no criminal record, says Gurgaon police
The eldest of the brothers, Manish Gujjar, 42, who was gunned down on Monday night, did not have even one criminal case registered against him. Mostly busy with his liquor trade, Manish would be seen mixing up with people unlike his brothers, conspicuous with their absence.
“Manish had 32 liquor vends across Gurgaon. There are no criminal cases lodged against him,” said Sumit Kumar, deputy commissioner of police (crime).
The locals said that Manish was deliberately kept out of the criminal activities of his brothers.
“He was the family member who would manage the business and stay away from criminal activities. Unlike his brothers one would find him shopping and moving around in the locality,” said Rakesh Singh, a resident of the locality.
Manish’s youngest brother Manoj is on the run after being accused in the alleged encounter of gangster Sandeep Gadoli in February this year. Binder, elder to Manoj and younger to Manish is serving jail term after being arrested on November 11, 2015 in connection with the murder of a rival gang member.
Handcuffed Binder, after seeking special one-day permission, attended Manish’s last rites at Sector 29 crematorium on Tuesday which was attended by hundreds.
At 80, Karan Singh, the father, has one big regret in life, he could not keep his three sons away from the organised crime world of Gurgaon. But he believes that Manish was innocent was fell victim of the gangster rivalry unnecessarily.
“He was killed either by Sandeep Gadoli’s men or by Kaushal’s men. I remember during Gadoli’s cremation, his sister Sudesh had warned to take revenge,” Singh told police.
Binder Gujjar is considered slain Gadoli’s rival and Kaushal, wanted in more than a dozen cases of murder, robbery and theft, is a parole-jumper from Faridabad.