In a shooting allegedly linked to a gang war, a 29-year-old private financier, believed to be an associate of imprisoned gangster Sunil Maan alias Tillu Tajpuriya, was shot dead by two men on a motorbike, who opened fire on his Jaguar parked in outside Delhi. Rohini Sector 16 Wednesday evening.
At least half a dozen bullets were fired at the Chandigarh-registered car, police said. The financier, identified as Shekhar Rana, was sitting in the driver’s seat waiting for a female friend, they said. One bullet grazed his head while two pierced his ribcage and left thigh, police said, adding that Rana was admitted to a private hospital where he died of gunshot wounds early Thursday.
The shooting took place near a sewer, located some distance from the apartment where Rana’s friend, a widow, lived with her son, police said. The whole incident was seen by the woman’s son, who told his mother about it.
“The woman called the police at 9.58pm and said ‘her husband’ had been shot. Rana was found injured in the car. He was first taken to Baba Sahab Ambedkar Hospital from where he was transferred to a private hospital, where he succumbed to gunshot wounds. A murder case has been registered at KN Katju Marg police station and several teams have been formed to identify and catch the killers,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (Rohini) Pranav Tayal said.
Police said Rana had previously been involved in eight cases of murder, robbery and a few under the Weapons Act. His brother Ravinder Rana, who was also an alleged member of the Tillu gang, was shot dead in the Alipur area in April 2018, allegedly by members of a rival gang, including rivals Jitender Maan alias Gogi and Kuldeep Maan alias Fajja (the two mobsters were killed in separate shoots between March and September last year).
Senior police officers suspect Rana was killed by associates of Gogi, who was shot dead in a courtroom at the Rohini court complex on September 24, 2021 by two gunmen disguised as lawyers. They were then shot dead by the police team that had escorted Gogi to court from Mandoli prison.
“Rana was on the list of Gogi sympathizers because he had celebrated the murder of Gogi with other members of the Tillu gang. The videos of the party had reached some key associates of Gogi who are housed in different prisons in Delhi and from neighboring states. We received information that Gogi’s associates planned to kill everyone who participated in these celebrations,” said a police officer, who asked not to be named.
If the officer’s theory turns out to be correct, then Rana would be the second member of the Tillu gang to be killed for celebrating Gogi’s murder. On October 11 last year, Tillu gang member Deepak alias Radhe was shot dead by four Gogi gang members in Rohini Sector 15. The four suspects were later arrested by Rohini District Police. The rivalry between Gogi and the Tillu gang has claimed more than two dozen lives in more than a decade, said a police officer closely associated with the investigations.
Rana’s father, Inderjeet Singh, a farmer from the village of Khera Khurd near Alipur, said his son lived in Chandigarh and worked setting up film sets in Punjab. Around 4 a.m. on Wednesday, Rana left for Delhi in a Jaguar he had borrowed from his associate.
“My son’s business partner had sent him to Delhi to organize ₹10 lakh by mortgaging the luxury vehicle to a lender. Sekhar met a pawnbroker and he agreed to give him the money but refused to keep the vehicle, saying it was an expensive luxury vehicle which he was unable to afford. occupy,” Singh said while awaiting Rana’s body after the autopsy at Baba Sahab Ambedkar Hospital mortuary on Thursday evening.
Singh said Rana went to collect the keys to her Rohini apartment from the woman when he was shot. About the gang rivalry, Singh said he was unaware of it. However, he said his other son was also shot on April 16, 2018.