New Delhi: Two people have been arrested by Delhi Police two days after a jailed gangster Jitender Gogi and two of his attackers were killed in a shootout inside a Rohini courtroom. The accused – identified as Umang and Vinay – were held by the police in the national capital on the basis of closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera footage from the Rohini court.
According to police officials, the shootout was planned by four assailants and while two of them were shot dead by the police right after they fired at Gogi, the two others who were absconding have now been held.
Both accused Umang and Vinay are residents of Haiderpur in north west Delhi.
According to Delhi Police officials cited by the news agency, Umang was supposed to wait outside the court in a car as a backup and “escape plan”, while the three others would go inside the courtroom and eliminate Gogi. But since the plan failed, Umang fled away alone in the car. All the four individuals earlier met at a mall and left for the court.
The Delhi Police later arrested Umang and Vinay based on “unusual activity” captured in the CCTV near Gate No 4 of the Rohini court in north Delhi where the shootout took place.
Gangster Jitender Gogi was shot dead inside a Rohini courtroom on Friday by two assailants who were dressed as lawyers. When they spotted Gogi, who was being presented before the court, the gunmen took out their weapons from under their lawyers’ robes and opened fire, killing the gangster on the spot. Special forces personnel, who were in charge of escorting Gogi, fired back at the attackers and killed them on the spot.
On the day of the attack, Umang, along with the two shooters, reached a mall in Rohini’s sector 9 where they all got dressed as lawyers, the sources said.
Upon reaching the court, Umang, according to the plan, had to wait in the car, sources said. The shooters were expected to finish the job and escape in the waiting car, they added.
As the plan derailed and the shooters got killed, Umang ran away, they said.
On Friday, gunmen dressed as lawyers, present in court, shot gangster Jitender Gogi thrice. Special force personnel escorting the gangster then fired back, killing both the attackers on the spot.
In videos, gunshots are heard in court and policemen and lawyers are seen in a scramble in the court building.
The shooting was the result of a rivalry of years between Jitender Gogi’s gang and the rival “Tillu gang”, the police said.
“Two men dressed as lawyers opened fire at Jitender Gogi inside the court. That’s when police retaliated and killed those two assailants. It’s not a gang war,” Delhi Police Commissioner Rakesh Asthana had told NDTV.
“The police acted swiftly and killed both the assailants. Total three are dead, including Gogi,” said Mr Asthana.
More than 25 people have died over the years in clashes between the two gangs, the police said.