"No one will be spared.”
Notorious Indian gangster and Delhi’s most wanted man, Jitender Gogi, has been shot dead in a courtroom.
Two men posing as lawyers, suspected to be from the rival Tillu Gang, opened fire at Rohini Court.
Gogi was shot three times while attending a hearing held against him. He was rushed to hospital but was declared dead.
Lawyer Lalit Kumar said that a female intern was also hit by a bullet at the scene of the murder.
Videos of people scrambling to get out of the building went viral on social media with gunshots in the background.
Around 35-40 shots in total were fired and both the attackers were killed on the spot by Delhi’s Counter Intelligence unit.
The fatal shooting has raised serious questions about security in the courts within the nation’s capital.
Regarding why the metal detectors hadn’t picked up the guns, Delhi Police Commissioner Rakesh Asthana said:
“The question on whether the metal detectors were not working in the court premises is a matter of investigation and I cannot comment on that at the moment.
He added: “We are already investigating the case and we shall not spare anyone who is involved in this shootout. No one will be spared.”
Gogi was arrested in March 2020 on charges of murder and extortion after being on the run from the police since 2016.
However, he absconded from police custody within three months and was carrying a Rs. 4 Lakh (£4,000) reward at the time of his escape.
Gogi’s gang and the rival gang headed by Tillu Tajpuria have been at war with each other for years, causing 25 deaths.
The two men had been friends at college but fell out in 2010 with their feud eventually turning into a gang war.
Jitender Gogi began his crime career as a teenager with carjackings and threats, but his crimes are thought to have become increasingly serious after his father’s death.
In 2018, he was also accused of being responsible for the high profile murder of 22-year-old Indian singer, Harshita Dahiya.
The Haryani folk artist was thought to have been a witness in the murder case of a gang member’s mother and was shot when travelling back from one of her performances.
In 2020, gang violence was blamed for an incident where 50 rounds were fired at a man who received 24 different gunshot wounds.