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Who was Munna Bajrangi, prime accused in BJP MLA Krishnanand Rai's murder

Dreaded gangster Munna Bajrangi was shot dead inside the premises of Uttar Pradesh's Baghpat jail on Monday.

Edited by: India TV News Desk, New Delhi [ Updated: July 09, 2018 16:11 IST ]

Munna Bajrangi

Who was Munna Bajrangi, prime accused in BJP MLA Krishnanand Rai's murder

Dreaded gangster Munna Bajrangi was shot dead inside the premises of Uttar Pradesh's Baghpat jail on Monday. It is yet to be ascertained if it was a suicide or murder, however, sources indicate he was killed by fellow inmate and gangster Sunil Rathi. But again, questions also come up as to how did a prisoner possess a pistol inside the jail. Meanwhile, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has ordered a judicial investigation, and suspended four people including the jailer and deputy jailer of the Baghpat prison.

Munna Bajrangi's claim to fame was the murder of MLA Krishnanand Rai, who was shot more than 100 times with bursts of Ak 47 by Bajrangi and others in November 2005. Bajrangi was last arrested in 2009 from Mumbai by a special cell team led by DCP Sanjeev Yadav.

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In 1998, Munna Bajrangi was shot by Delhi police at least 9 times and he was even sent to the mortuary. But he somehow survived.

In 2012, Bajrangi had contested an election from Mariyahu in Jaunpur on a ticket from Apna Dal.

Bajrangi had also joined hands with mafia turned politicial Mukhtar Ansari in 2013. 

In March 2016, Bajrangi's younger brother-in-law, Pushpjeet, who used to look after his business, was shot dead at the Vikas Nagar colony in Lucknow and his close associate Tariq was shot at in Lucknow in December last year. 

On June 29, Bajrangi's wife Seema Singh had claimed at a press conference in Lucknow that her husband's life was in danger. 

"My husband's life is in danger and I want to tell Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath that a conspiracy is being hatched to kill him in a fake encounter," she had said. 

Last year, Adityanath had ordered the transfer of 48 criminals from the jails where they were lodged to other prisons across the state. Bajrangi and Ansari were among them. Bajrangi was transferred to the Pilibhit jail.

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