The Mathura jail shootout spilled out of the prison as injured inmate Rajesh Sharma alias Tonta was shot dead, allegedly by his rivals, while being taken to Agra for treatment early Sunday morning. With Tonta’s death, the gang war toll has risen to two.
Taking a serious view of the incident, the administration has suspended Mathura jail superintendent and ordered a magisterial probe into the killings. The administration also suspended of jailor Aakash Sharma along with five ‘bandi rakshaks’ (wardens). Departmental action was ordered against the head jail warden. Also, ten policemen were suspended for lapses that led to Tonta’s killing on the road to Agra.
On September 10 last year dreaded criminal of western Uttar Pradesh, Brajesh Mawi was killed, allegedly by his one time associate Tonta, who later surrendered along with his associates in Hathras, Aligarh and Mathura and Tonta was lodged in Mathura jail since then.
On Saturday last a shootout took place at Mathura jail and inmate Akshay Solanki was found dead while two others, Tonta and Raj Kumar Sharma were injured. It was felt that the Mawi gang was behind Saturday’s shootout. Later, Tonta was taken in an ambulance and a police team escorted the ambulance. However, as the fleet reached Mahuwan toll plaza at about 1 am on Sunday, a car overtook the ambulance and shot at its tyres. Those in car then fired several rounds at Tonta, killing him on spot. A medical assistant and a policeman were also injured in the attack. The attackers escaped before the police in another vehicle could respond to the attack. DIG Agra Range, Laxmi Singh said: “Superintendent of Mathura jail Rakesh Kumar has been suspended and a probe into the shootout ordered.”
“The attackers who were well prepared. They attacked the ambulance and fled before the police team could respond. Ten policemen, including station house officer of Chata police station in Mathura, have been suspended,” said the DIG.
Meanwhile, Raj Kumar Sharma, the other jail inmate who was injured in the shootout was reported to be stable and the cop and medical assistant injured in the attack on the ambulance were out of danger.
In the evening, additional director general (Crime) Hitesh Chand Awasthi and director general (Jails) RR Bhatnagar reached Mathura and took stock of the situation.