Gangster Jitendra alias Gogi died on the spot after he was shot inside Rohini court on Friday afternoon by attackers dressed as lawyers. (Photo: PTI)
Gangster Jitendra alias Gogi died on the spot after he was shot inside Rohini court on Friday afternoon by attackers dressed as lawyers. This was followed by a stampede-like situation as many several people ran for cover.
In the shootout that ensued, the Delhi Police’s Special Cell killed the two attackers who are believed to be from the Tillu Tajpuria gang. Around 35-40 rounds were fired during the incident and one female advocate was injured on her leg. An alleged eyewitness was quoted in a report by The Times of India as saying that the courtroom was “riddled with bullets”.
‘TOOK COVER BEHIND PILLAR’
“The incident took place between 12.30 pm and 1 pm. The judge was reading a file and the court staff were present too. As Gogi entered the courtroom, policemen accompanying him asked him to remove his white cap. As soon as he removed it and started wearing a mask, the two assailants fired at him,” the witness reportedly said.
One lawyer, Mukesh Chandra, who was in the court complex at the time, said, “I heard the gunshots. I immediately ran towards the courtroom and saw a policeman firing constantly. I then took cover behind a pillar… Once the firing stopped, I entered the courtroom and saw Gogi and two others on the ground. Gogi was alive till then… This was a major security breach.”
‘SOMETHING WAS OFF’
Advocate Tushar Mann told the Indian Express that he noticed “something was off” about the two people dressed like lawyers who went on to shoot Gogi within the court complex.
“Something was off about them. They carried empty files and had their hands inside their pockets. Which lawyer carries an empty file into a courtroom?”
They were dressed like lawyers in black blazers, trousers, shoes, and a white collar. But they didn’t even bow before the judge!
“We all stood for the judge, but these two men did not. I was thinking they have no respect for the law. Then, they opened fire. The court staff ducked for cover, the judge ran towards his chamber. We all ran out of the courtroom. It was chaos,” Tushar Mann said.
TOTAL SECURITY LAPSE
Rohini Bar Association president Inder Singh Saroha said, “This was a total security lapse.” He has raised the issue of security in the court in the past too.
“We need the Delhi High Court model of security. In Rohini court, many gang-related cases are heard. There must be a security check of their associates who come to court; the vehicles need to be checked inside court premises and passes for litigants are a must. There will now be a security check of lawyers too,” Saroha was quoted by the Indian Express.