They are teenagers, and work for gang lords to make a quick buck.
On the orders of their bosses, they do a recce of rivals’ hideouts, track their activities, and are even ready to go to jail for the crimes the elders in their gangs have committed.
It’s teen might that is driving the gangs of Gurgaon nowadays.
The Gurgaon police told that the recent bloody street fights in the Millennium City have exposed the involvement of teenagers in rackets that run the gamut of traditional mafia activities.
(From 1) Two members arrive at the petrol pump in Sector 5, Gurgaon; two other shooters are seen approaching; one of the shooters draws a pistol; he chases Raju; the other shooter also draws his gun; the duo fire; Raju is seen lying dead.
“These teenagers are wooed by gang lords in the city with drugs, and money for illegal cricket betting. Neck deep in debts, they are then lured into all sorts of illegal activities. These teens are also ready to go to jail for the offences the criminal gangs have committed,” a police officer told Mail Today on condition of anonymity.
The police suspect that some of these young recruits might have bumped off property dealer Raj Kumar Sethi alias Raju and Ashok Kumar, members of the Sandeep Gadoli and Bindar Gujjar gangs respectively.
While Raju was shot in the head at a fuel station in Gurgaon Sector 5 on the eve of Diwali, Ashok was murdered by the rival gang on October 7.
The Gadoli and Gujjar gangs, police sources said, have been at loggerheads for years now.
A CCTV camera has captured Raju’s killers, which according to police could help them crack the case.
Raju’s alleged links with Gurgaon’s dreaded mafia lord Gadoli point to a bloody rivalry between both the gangs.
Assistant Commissioner Hawa Singh of the Gurgaon Police said the investigators were examining all possible angles to crack the case. Sources in the police said most teenagers, who opt to become gangsters to make quick money, are new in this “profession” and don’t have any criminal background.
“So, it’s easier for them to slip under the radar of rival gangs and the police. They act like sleeper cells and pass vital information about rival gangs to their handlers. Gangsters brainwash them with the fictitious promise of supremacy in their localities,” said the police officer.
Gadoli has had a fierce face-off with gangster-turned-councillor Virendar Singh Dayma alias Bindar Gujjar to take over extortion, betting and drug trafficking rackets in the city.
These gangs have simple and brazen modus operandi - storming into showrooms and firing in the air to terrorise before extorting traders. The Gujjar gang, according to the police, has decided to root out the Gadoli gang after the former tried to extort the latter’s clients.
The police said around six gangs led by Kushal Pal, Kaushal, Mahesh Attack and Rakesh Hayatpur, Gadoli and Gujjar are active in Gurgaon.
In July 15, six sharp shooters had attacked gangster Rakesh Hayatpur on MG Road in broad day light. The incident put the Gurgaon police in a tight spot since many alleged that the safety of the common man have been compromised at public places.
During the attack on Hayatpur, an auto driver who was caught in the crossfire succumbed to his bullet injury.
However, the rivalry between the Godia and Gujjar gangs is hogging the headlines nowadays. In the past two months, two members of the groups were killed and another injured in public places.
These incidents reveal how they have been after each other to win supremacy in the city.
The recent gang war started on October 7 after Ashok, the nephew of Bindar Gujjar, was gunned down while he was travelling in a Maruti Swift. Within an hour, Gujjar’s men launched retaliatory attacks on Manish Khurana, who was at his Arjun Nagar house that time.
Khurana, an aide of Gadoli, was shot at and suffered injuries to his head.
Raju was taking care of Gadoli’s betting racket and had slapped Gujjar while the latter was outside the New Colony police post in April. Since then, Gujjar has been after him.
The police have seized three dairies from Gadoli’s house during their probe into Ashok’s murder The dairies have helped the police zero in on the clients, who used to pay monthly protection money to Gadoli. A client paid around Rs 3 crore to Gadoli a month, said the police.
In these four cases, the police managed to arrest only two Gujjar gang members who were allegedly involved in the attack on Khurana.
However, ACP Hawa Singh said the police have already identified one of the shooters who attacked Raju as Kalu. He belongs to Tigra village near Sector 51.
The life and times of a gang leader
By Ajay Kumar in Gurgaon
The popular Bollywood movie dialogue, ‘you can enter the world of crime by choice but leaving it is not in your hands’ is also true in the case of gangsters like Virender Singh alias Bindar Gujjar, who operate from the Millenium City.
Many of the gang leaders have died while trying to make the transition from the world of crime to a life of normalcy. Gujjar is a prime example of the phenomenon. He was targeted by rival gangs twice — in 2011 and 2012 — but his past has not let him leave the world of crime.
The first attack on Gujjar took place in May 2011 when he, along with one Ashok Kakran, went to the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon office a day before filing nominations for the civic polls.
Gujjar received five gunshot injuries and battled for life for a month at Medanta Hospital while Kakran was killed in the clash.
Gujjar was, however, responsible for eliminating Gurgaon’s first prominent gang — the Fauji gang — in 1997.
The Fauji gang, which emerged in Gurgaon in 1987, was headed by Surendar alias Bunty alias Fauji, and comprised of 25-30 members.
Gujjar entered the world of crime as a teenager and grew to great heights at a rapid speed. He was later picked up by one Rajesh Kumar, alias Rajje. Rajje was the second-most dreaded criminal the Millennium City had seen during the mid-nineties.
Gujjar worked as an aide for the gang led by Rajje, and was responsible for the elimination of Fauji gang’s sharpshooter Lalit alias Sheru in New Colony area in 1997.
Soon after, the Rajje gang eliminated Fauji and one of his close aides Ajit Dakot and became the kings of the extortion business in the city.
However, ties between Rajje and Gujjar turned sour over money distribution and the duo decided to go their separate ways.
Gujjar, however, decided to join forced with another gangster - Netu Gehlot of Laxmi Garden. He, along with Gehlot, eliminated Rajje in 2003.
In an act of revenge, Rajje’s wife Sangeeta Rajje befriended another gang leader Sunil Malik to eliminate Gehlot and Gujjar. However, Gujjar sensed the threat that Malik and Sangeeta posed and got them killed two months after he had eliminated Rajje.
Sunil’s mother Raj Bala Malik then took it upon herself to eliminate Gehlot, and she was successful in doing so in 2008. She hired killers to kill both Gujjar and Gehlot, but only the latter was trapped in the net of the hitmen.
Raj Bala died on June 4, 2011 during a baton charge by the Delhi Police.
In the Gurgaon district jail was Sandeep Gadoli, who was operating his gang and attempted to kill Gujjar in 2011 and 2012 at Khandsa Road, but was not successful.
Gujjar is a councillor in the MCG.