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Gogi gunned down Assassins dressed as lawyers shoot dead notorious Indian gangster in courtroom

Video footage of the incident showed policemen and lawyers rushing out in panic as gunshots rang out inside the courtroom

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Jitendra Gogi

Jitendra Gogi

Jitendra Gogi

An assassination hit team dressed as lawyers gunned down a notorious Indian gangster inside a courtroom before they were killed by police. 

Jitendra Gogi, one of India’s most wanted criminals, was standing before a judge when two rival gang members pumped 10 bullets into him.

Witnesses said about a dozen shots were fired during the courtroom battle as the gangsters opened fire.

Video footage of the incident showed policemen and lawyers rushing out in panic as gunshots rang out inside courtroom number 207.

Witnesses said a law intern sustained a bullet injury in her leg during the dramatic shoot out.

Police said the incident happened around 1.15 pm when Gogi, who was involved in over 30 crimes, appeared in court for a hearing.

Gogi had been taken to Rohini court by a 10-member squad of Third Battalion of Delhi Armed Police Force who were accompanied by a special Delhi Police team.

The armed assailants, who had 0.38 bore and 0.30 bore pistols, were already seated before Gogi entered the courtroom.

They then opened fire on him before personnel from the counterintelligence team retaliated and the two assailants died on the spot.

Advocate Sunil Tomar said there were between 15 and 17 people in the court of judge Gagandeep Singh when the gangsters opened fire.

“As Gogi entered the courtroom, two persons, who were dressed as lawyers, whipped out their pistols and suddenly opened fire upon him. After hearing gunshots, people started running to save their lives and the judge also went back to his office just behind the courtroom,” Tomar said.

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“For the first 15 minutes, I could not figure out what was happening there.”

A police officer added: “One commando had an AK-47. They were inside the courtroom and fired a single shot on the head of one of the assailants and he was shot dead.

“Despite firing from an AK-47, our personnel fired in complete control and there was no collateral damage. No one else sustained any injuries. It was a controlled firing.”

Delhi Bar Association president Sanjeev Nasiar said the deaths were "shocking" and said lawyers in all Delhi district courts would go on strike in protest at what he called "a high-level security lapse".

"How can something like this happen inside the court? The police holds regular security review meetings with us and outsiders still managed to enter the premises with weapons," he added.

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 and a teacher, 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. Police said he had a particular rivalry with a gang leader known as Tillu for control of regions in northern India.

Tillu is also in custody but it was members of his gang who were killed in the court, media reports said.

The reports said about two dozen people had died in clashes between followers of the rival gangsters over the past decade.

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