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Sabtu, 25 September 2021

Gunmen dressed as lawyers shoot dead gangster in Indian courtroom shootout - ABC News

Gunmen dressed as lawyers have shot dead a notorious Indian gangster inside a Delhi courtroom before being killed by police.

Jitendra Gogi, a mobster detained last year, was standing before a judge when two men suddenly opened fire, police said.

Witnesses said about a dozen shots were fired during the battle in the courtroom.

Gogi was hit up to five times before the fake lawyers were killed by police.

The gunmen were from a rival gang, police told reporters.

At least one of the two attackers was also on Delhi police's wanted list.

The gunfight erupted just after Gogi entered the court for a hearing on a murder charge, among others.

He had been linked to at least 19 murder cases.

Mobile phone videos of the shooting showed lawyers and litigants running for their lives in the corridor outside the courtroom as gunshots rang out.

Gunmen dressed in suits 

The gunmen wore grey suits and were posing as lawyers before they pulled out guns, police said.

"Two criminals opened fire at gangster Jitendra Mann Gogi when he was taken to the court for a hearing," Delhi police commissioner Rakesh Asthana said.

"In retaliation, police shot dead both the attackers."

Questions were immediately raised about security at the Rohini court complex, which often deals with hearings involving high-profile criminals.

Since his capture, Gogi's protection had been placed in the hands of a police intelligence unit.

But some reports said metal detectors at the court entrances were not working and other security rules were not applied.

Delhi Bar Association president Sanjeev Nasiar said the deaths were "shocking".

He said lawyers in all Delhi district courts would go on strike on Saturday to protest against what he called "a high-level security lapse".

Delhi police said an investigation would be held into the court's security.

Gogi, who was about 30, had been linked to brutal gang battles, murders, robberies and extortion in Delhi and states across northern India.

His victims included a folk singer who had witnessed a murder, as well as rival gang members.

He was first arrested in 2016 but escaped from police custody and had evaded capture until last year.

Media reports said he had been in a murderous turf war with other gangs.

AFP

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