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Three dead as gunmen open fire inside court for ‘most wanted gangster in Delhi’

Three dead as gunmen open fire inside court for ‘most wanted gangster in Delhi’
Officials say those shot include Jitender Gogi, in court on charges of attempted murder, extortion, possession of illegal arms and others

At least three people were killed and one injured after two gunmen opened fire in a district court in India’s national capital Delhi vendredi.

The attack is believed to have targeted a court hearing involving a man described by local media as Delhi’s most wanted gangster, Jitender Gogi.

Officials said that the two gunmen were disguised in lawyers’ clothing and entered the court looking for Gogi, who was arrested by Delhi Police in March 2020 on charges of attempted murder, extortion, possession of illegal arms, carjacking and land grabbing among others.

Gogi was among those shot in the court, with local media quoting officials as saying he received four bullet wounds and was taken to hospital nearby, where he was declared dead.

According to police officials, the two gunmen were already waiting inside the court when Gogi was brought in for the legal hearing. Just minutes later the two “whipped out pistols and opened fire”, a senior police officer told The Indian Express.

Armed police from Delhi’s Counter Intelligence unit were present at the scene and fired back, shooting the two attackers and killing them. Officials described them as members of a rival local gang, though their identities have not been released. The details of the fourth person shot and injured have not yet been disclosed.

Dramatic video of the moment of the shooting was aired by ANI, an Indian news agency. The footage, shot from the court’s lobby, shows officials running in panic as loud gunshots ring out.

le Indian Express described the shooting as likely to be the latest incident in a long-running rivalry between two gangs involved in extortion rackets in neighbouring parts of Delhi. Au moins 10 members of the two gangs have been killed and multiple members have faced life-threatening attacks in the last six years, the report added.