A notorious gangster-turned-politician returning from a birthday party was gunned down in Madhya Pradesh’s Ujjain city, allegedly by members of a rival gang whose leader he had eliminated seven years ago, police said on Monday.
Police said Vishwas alias Lala Tripathi, 50, a prime accused in the high-profile Nannu Guru murder case in 2008 was killed during a shootout between two rival gangs on Sunday night.
Two others, one of them Tripathi’s gunman, were also killed in the incident.
A sessions court had awarded life term to Tripathi and his brother Babla for the murder of Guru but the gang leader was granted bail by the Madhya Pradesh high court in July.
Tripathi had earlier served as a member of the Ujjain Municipal Corporation after winning the local body elections on a Congress ticket.
Ujjain superintendent of police MS Verma said the incident took place at around 10 pm near the Yogmaya temple when Tripathi and his gang-member were returning after attending a birthday party at a popular eatery.
“When Tripathi along with his gang-members were returning after attending a birthday party, the other gang members attacked them. Initially they entered into the scuffle but this turned into the gun-battle,” Verma added.
Police added that four other members of the rival gangs sustained bullet injuries and were admitted to the district hospital. Others who died in the clash includes Tripathi’s gunman Ravi Pachori and one Ajay Award from the rival group.
Additional police forces were deployed at various places in the city after the incident triggered tension in the town.
Police picked up a few persons over the shoot-out on Monday. Sources said that after his release on bail, Tripathi was active on social networking sites and frequently posted photographs of himself and his accomplices.
Sources added that Tripathi and Guru were partners before falling out in 2008. Many believe that their enmity was borne during the 2008 assembly elections when Tripathi contested the polls as an independent candidate while Guru supported the Congress candidate.
Guru was allegedly killed by Tripathi on December 19, 2008. Police sources said Tripathi had around 18 cases registered against him under various charges including murder.
Fallout of enmity
Tripathi, after getting released on bail, was active on social network and frequently posted photographs of him and his accomplices
Sources said the main reason behind enmity between Tripathi and Guru was when the former contested 2008 the polls as an independent candidate while Guru supported Congress
Initially the rivals entered into a scuffle which turned into a gun-battle, killing Tripathi, his gunman Ravi and Ajay from the rival group.