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Burari bloody battle: Delhi gang rivalry began four years back, 14 members killed so far

Gogi gunned down Mukul as he was pursuing a murder case against the gangster. Gogi had killed Mukul’s maternal uncle Deepak alias Raju for having an affair with his cousin.

delhi Updated: Jun 19, 2018 09:47 IST
Shiv Sunny
Shiv Sunny
Hindustan Times, Delhi
Forensic experts investigate the car of one of the gangs involved in a gunbattle in North Delhi's Burari area on Monday. (Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)

Ever since Jitender Mann alias Gogi made a daring escape from police custody in July 2016, he is suspected to be involved in at least six murders, including the two by him and his gang on Monday.

Gogi is most notorious for his enmity with jailed gangster Sunil alias Tillu, but he also shared a rivalry with Mukul, a resident of Alipur’s Tajpur village who was gunned down in north Delhi’s Sant Nagar on Monday morning.

In 2015, Gogi had allegedly killed Mukul’s maternal uncle Deepak alias Raju for having an affair with his cousin. According to MM Oberoi, special commissioner of police (special cell), Mukul had been actively pursuing the murder case and hence was on Gogi’s target.

“Mukul was under such threat that he never moved around without his friends. Even the Mahindra Scorpio car in which he was travelling during the attack on Monday was bulletproof,” said an investigator.

Gogi’s rivalry with Tillu, meanwhile, dates back to 2014 when they lent muscle support to rival candidates in student politics at a college in outer Delhi’s Alipur. Since then, at least 14 members of the two gangs have died in the bloody battle between the two rivals, police said.

The police heaved a sigh of relief when the two gangsters were arrested separately within a spate of a few months in 2015-16. While Sunil alias Tillu continues to be lodged in Sonipat Jail, Gogi had other plans.

North Delhi shooting: A case of rivalry
The incident took place at 9.50 am near Sant Nagar bus stop, barely 300-400 metres from Burari police station.
Four men come out of a gymnasium towards a parked Scorpio while a speeding Fortuner rams it. Five men get off and pull out pistols to fire atthe men in Scorpio.
Two men in the Scorpio drive against the traffic to escape. The two other men, who couldn’t make it to the Scorpio, run for their lives. A man with the pistol chases him and fired multiple shots.
The other man escapes into the gymnasium, but is chased inside and shot in his leg. The Scorpio is chased by two attackers who fire multiple rounds.
The men keep firing at the Scorpio but the bullets miss their mark. Instead, a passerby, Sangeeta Sharma, 37, is hit on the chest as she is out totake an autorickshaw.
The Scorpio, meanwhile, speeds into a narrow lane before taking a left turn, around 300 metres from the shooting spot. While swerving, it rams into a cyclist and three motorcycles, injuring four men.
The Scorpio’s run immediately comes to an end as it climbs a shop’s concrete steps. The attackers flee in their Fortuner, which was soon found abandoned near Shalimar Bagh.

In July 2016, Gogi gave police the slip while being taken to a court in Haryana’s Bahadurgarh.

A dozen of his gang members intercepted the Haryana Police, threw chilli powder on policemen and fled with Gogi. He is currently carrying a reward of Rs 2 lakh on his head.

On Monday, 26-year-old Gogi was allegedly among the five men who arrived at north Delhi’s Sant Nagar in a Toyota Fortuner and rained bullets on four residents of Alipur’s Tajpur village.

Apart from a passerby woman and a motorcyclist, the attack left dead two men.

First Published: Jun 19, 2018 08:09 IST