New Delhi: Daylight murders, shooting in the face, firing bullets from imported pistols like Zigana, Taurus, Sig Sauer — that’s how Jitender Mann alias Gogi killed his targets.
He wouldn’t stop firing till his target was completely motionless, police officers said.
The 29-year-old Gogi, who carried a reward of Rs 4 lakh on his head, was shot dead inside Rohini district courtroom Friday afternoon by two members of the rival Tillu gang — Rahul and Jagdeep — who came dressed as lawyers.
Four bullets hit Gogi. Twenty-two officers from the Delhi Police Special Cell, Counter Intelligence Unit, and local police were present in the courtroom at the time. He was rushed to the hospital where he was declared brought dead.
The case has been transferred to the Delhi Police Crime Branch.
The rivalry between Gogi and Sunil Tajpuria alias Tillu, the boss of the rival gang, dates back to 2013 elections at a Delhi University college. Gogi and Tillu emerged after criminal Neetu Dabodia was killed in 2013 and gangster Neeraj Bawana was arrested in 2015.
Who was Gogi?
A native of Alipur in Delhi, Gogi shot to infamy in the crime world in 2010, when he allegedly shot at two men.
He was arrested in 2011 and formed the Gogi gang after his release from jail. From then on, he has had constant run-ins with the police, until last year.
He was arrested again in 2016 by the Panipat Police but fled from custody while being taken to court. “After his escape, in 2017, he killed Devender Pradhan, whose son was allegedly involved in the murder of Gogi’s associate Neeranjan,” a senior Delhi Police officer said.
Among Delhi’s ‘most wanted’ gangsters, Gogi was once again arrested by the Delhi Police in March last year on charges of murder and extortion. There were 20 such cases lodged against him.
In April this year, Gogi was booked under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA).
“Gogi was involved in over 30 heinous crimes,” the officer added.
Gogi’s close associate Kuldeep Mann alias Fajja was killed in an encounter with the Delhi Police Special Cell in March this year.
“He (Gogi) was a muscleman for the DU elections. He came with a group of followers who eventually became members of the Gogi gang. He was the face of college violence,” another senior Delhi Police officer said.
“He took to crime after his father’s death,” the first police officer said.
His attacks only got sharper with time, driven by revenge and thirst for extortion. “He saw himself as the new warlord of Alipur-Tajpur area. With manpower, Gogi rose to be one of Delhi’s most dreaded gangsters running extortion rackets in Delhi and Haryana,” the officer added.
In 2017, Gogi and his team allegedly gunned down Haryana folk singer Harshita Dahiya after he became associates with her brother-in-law while lodged in Tihar jail. In December that year, Gogi and his associates killed an MCD school teacher, Deepak, outside Swaroop Nagar school. In 2018, he killed Ravi Bhardwaj, an associate of Sunil Tajpuria alias Tillu, in Pitampura area of Delhi.
Bloody gang war
The rivalry between Gogi and Tillu started during a students’ union election at Delhi University’s Swami Shraddhanand College in 2013 when both of them were supporting rival candidates.
Tillu is named in over 22 cases of murder, extortion, dacoity, robbery, and assault on police, and is currently in jail.
“Rumours abound that their war started over a woman of Gogi’s family. This is untrue. They both wanted the spotlight and killed each other’s gang members in revenge. Back in 2015, Tillu gang had killed the candidate whom Gogi supported in 2013 elections. This again is a revenge killing, as Gogi gang killed one Deepak, an associate of Sunil (Tillu), earlier that year,” the second police officer quoted above said.
According to police sources, Tillu had once vowed to kill Gogi during a court hearing.
“After Fajja’s death, Gogi was weakened; most of his close aides are in jail. Meanwhile, Tillu formed associations with other gangsters like Naveen Bali, Neeraj Bawana and Sunil Rathi, and hatched a plan to kill him,” the officer said.
Tillu’s associate Sunil Mann was produced in the same courtroom — 207 — nearly 40 minutes before Gogi was brought in.
(Edited by Neha Mahajan)