Two men posing as lawyers shot dead a dreaded gangster inside a courtroom in India’s capital, Delhi.
They opened fire at Jitender Maan Gogi inside the courtroom where a case was being heard against him.
Gogi received five-six bullet injuries and was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was declared dead.
Officials say police returned fire, killing the two men. Police suspect a rival gang planned the attack.
The Counter Intelligence team accompanying Gogi fired in retaliation. “In total, eight rounds were fired by both the teams of the Special Cell. From the Northern Range of Special Cell, Head Constable Kuldeep fired two rounds, HC Sandeep fired four rounds and constable Rohit fired two rounds. A third battalion also fired on the assailants with AK-47. The armed assailants were using .38 bore and .30 bore pistols,” an officer said.
A senior police officer said there was “absolute chaos” inside the courtroom. “Both the attackers died at the spot,” he said.
Gogi was on Delhi police’s most-wanted list and he was also an accused in dozens of cases including murder, kidnapping and fraud in other states.
The incident has raised questions over the security of Delhi’s courts. A senior politician said that the incident showed a serious lapse in security planning.
Gogi was arrested in Delhi in March last year on charges of murder and extortion.
Officials said he was a target of many gangs due to his swift rise in the crime world. Reports say his career in crime began when he was a teenager and initially involved incidents of carjacking and theft.
But later he was a prime suspect in many high profile killings, including that of a popular singer in Haryana state.