Gangster shot dead in Delhi’s Rohini, police suspect gang rivalry
The murder is suspected to be an outcome of a fallout between Bhardwaj and Jatinder alias Gogi, who is one of Delhi’s most-wanted gangsters.delhi Updated: Jan 15, 2018 23:18 IST
A 31-year-old gangster was killed after three men fired nearly a dozen bullets at him outside an eatery in Rohini’s Prashant Vihar on Monday afternoon, police said.
The victim, Ravi Bhardwaj, was a resident of Alipur and was involved in at least nine cases, including murder and attempt to murder, police added.
Kumar went to the eatery, almost a kilometre away from the Rohini Court, where he had earlier appeared for a hearing.
The murder is suspected to be an outcome of a fallout between Bhardwaj and Jatinder alias Gogi, who is one of Delhi’s most-wanted gangsters. Police are probing if Bhardwaj had joined Gogi’s rival gangster Tillu and if one of the shooters on Monday was Gogi himself.
Deputy commissioner of police (Rohini) Rajneesh Gupta said the incident happened around 1.30pm.
“Bhardwaj had gone to a chhole bhature shop close to Lancer’s Convent School and after finishing his meal, he came out to wash his hands. While washing his hands, three men with their faces covered reached there in a car and started firing at him with pistols,” said Gupta.
A CCTV footage of the incident showed three men shooting Bhardwaj in presence of other eyewitnesses. Some of the onlookers were seen running away as soon as the firing started.The men then fled the spot. Gupta said they are probing if there was a fourth person present in the car.
Locals took Bhardwaj to the nearby Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hospital where he was declared brought dead. The police was informed by the hospital staff.
Gupta said Bhardwaj had gone to the court in the morning in a car with four friends. “They, however, left him at the eatery and then left. We are questioning his friends to find out if they had provided any leads to the shooters. One of the three men accompanying Bhardwaj also had a court appearance,” said Gupta.
Property dealer turned criminal
Gupta said he was not aware about the case for which Bhardwaj was to be produced at the court and refused to divulge his previous crime history. A senior Delhi police crime branch officer said that Bhardwaj was a property dealer turned criminal and was active till 2014. “He was arrested by us in 2013 but he jumped his interim bail and was arrested the following year by the special cell of Delhi police for his repeated involvement in organised crimes. He was also involved in the murder and assault on policemen in the past,” said the officer.
First Published: Jan 15, 2018 23:16 IST