- Munna Bajrangi was shot dead inside Baghpat jail this morning
- Inmate fire at him at around 6:30 am, he died on the spot: sources said
- He was jailed for the murder of BJP lawmaker Krishnanand Rai
A gangster in Uttar Pradesh, Munna Bajrangi, was shot dead in a prison in Uttar Pradesh on Monday, just a week after his wife had alleged a threat to his life. Bajrangi, who was accused of killing a BJP leader in 2005, was to be produced in a court in Baghpat this morning.
The jailor and his deputy and two others have been suspended.
Sources say around 6.30 am in the Baghpat prison, when the inmates were having tea, another prisoner Sunil Rathiat, fired at Bajrangi, killing him instantly. The gangster had been transferred to the prison in Baghpat from Jhansi on Sunday.
Munna Bajrangi, originally Prem Prakash, was arrested in Mumbai in October 2009, for the murder of BJP lawmaker Krishnanand Rai. The lawmaker was shot more than 100 times with an AK-47 in 2005.
Investigation team arrives at District Jail Baghpat where Gangster Munna Bajrangi has been shot dead. pic.twitter.com/g1aVrl7ppt— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) July 9, 2018
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said: "I have ordered a judicial inquiry and suspension of the jailor. Such an incident occurring inside jail premises is a serious matter. Will conduct an in-depth investigation and strict action to be taken against those responsible."
Bajrangi's wife had recently told the police that his life was in danger and there was a conspiracy to kill him. "I want to tell UP Chief Minister Adityanath ji that my husband's life is in danger. A conspiracy is being hatched to kill him in a fake encounter," Seema Singh, the gangster's wife had said on June 29.
In 2012, Bajrangi had contested the UP election on a ticket from Apna Dal.
Bajrangi, accused in as many as 40 cases of murder and extortion, survived after he was shot nine times in an encounter in 1998 in Delhi.