From the execution of the plan to kill gangster Jitender Gogi from jail, roping in a law graduate with the know-how of working of courts, conducting recce of the security arrangements, a voluminous charge sheet filed in the Rohini courtroom shootout case revealed how the murder was carefully planned and carried out. Two assailants dressed as lawyers opened fire at gangster Jitender Gogi inside the courtroom where an attempt to murder case was being heard against him on September 24. The duo, who were from a rival gang, was then killed in a swift police counter-fire. The 122-page-long chargesheet, filed by the Delhi Police against seven accused including two dead assailants, revealed that the plan to kill Gogi allegedly began in August 2021 and various people were roped in to execute it. The police have named Sunil Baliyan alias Tillu, Naveen Dabas alias Balli, Umang Yadav, Vinay Yadav, Ashish Kumar as accused in the case. Abated charge sheet has also been filed against deceased assailants Rahul and Jaideep.
In the chargesheet filed on December 17, the Delhi Police stated that Gogi was killed by deceased assailants under a ”pre-planned deep-rooted criminal conspiracy” hatched by accused Tillu from Mandoli Jail and his associates. According to the final report, Tillu, who is the main conspirator in the case, executed the alleged murder plan over WhatsApp calls and saw the news of Gogi’s death on a TV installed in the prison cell. As per a disclosure statement of Tillu, he planned to kill Gogi due to an old rivalry. He said that Gogi had killed one of his old friends and many gang members. ”Due to growing enmity, he decided to kill Gogi. In the end of August 2021, after second phase of Covid-19, hybrid system of hearing in courts had started and accused persons started getting produced in courts. He hatched a plan to kill Gogi in court,” Tillu stated during the police interrogation. Tillu then came in touch with co-accused Umang Yadav through an undertrial prisoner lodged in Rohini jail. Yadav had studied LLB and was acquainted with the practice of courts and advocates. Tillu asked Yadav to help him kill Gogi, to which he had agreed, as per the disclosure.
Two shooters Rahul and Jaideep were also roped in. Tillu asked them to go to Panipat court or Rohini court dressed as advocates and kill Gogi whenever he is produced from the judicial custody.
“After killing Gogi inside court, both Rahul and Jaideep would surrender before the Judge in the court,” the chargesheet stated quoting Tillu’s disclosure statement.
Both the assailants then met Yadav in August 2021 and started preparations. Yadav briefed them about the working of the court and the practice of advocates. Jaideep and Umang also arranged the lawyer’s attire. The disclosure statement further read, “When he came to know that Gogi would be produced in Panipat court on September 13, he sent Umang and Jaideep to Panipat court to recee the court and assess the security of Gogi. They informed that Gogi was produced in court under high security.” On being informed about Gogi’s production before the Rohini court on September 24, Tillu directed Yadav, Rahul, and Jaideep to go to Murthal to collect firearms from one of his associates. On the morning of the shootout, he was in regular touch with the trio.
“Yadav had also joined his cousin brother Vinay to help them in the execution of plan. Thereafter, they went to Rohini court, where his absconding associate Naveen Dabas @ Bhanja also reached with a shooter, who looked like a ‘Nepali’. However, he sent the boy away as his appearance as an advocate was not proper,” the statement further read. Tillu further claimed that he received a call at 1:30 PM from one of his contacts informing him that Gogi was shot in Rohini court. “He became very happy with the news. However, shortly he came to know from TV installed in their cell that both assailants, who had fired upon Gogi were shot dead in court, he became very sad and he immediately gave his mobile phone and dongle to his jail inmate Ashish Kumar and asked him to destroy the mobile and dongle,” the statement added. Meanwhile, Umang Yadav, in his disclosure statement, said that he took Rahul and Jaideep to the Rohini court, and before reaching there, they changed into lawyer’s attire at a mall. He along with one “Nepali” came out of court in a car, while Rahul and Jagga remained in court to execute the plan. ”Thereafter, he came to know on Facebook that Gogi was killed and both shooters shot dead by the police. He became afraid and called Tillu’s number but his phone was switched off,” Yadav said in the statement to the police. After the shoot-out, when Yadav “removed the DVR of CCTV cameras fitted inside his house. He disclosed that he had hidden the DVR inside the “chimney” in his kitchen,” the police said.
Considering the gravity of the incident of the shootout, various operational teams of Delhi Police were activated by the supervisory officers to develop intelligence behind the conspiracy to kill Gogi inside the courtroom, the police stated in the chargesheet. The incident had happened inside courtroom number 207 presided by Additional Sessions Judge Gagandeep Singh.
The police filed the final report for offences under sections 302 (murder), 201 (destruction of evidence), 353 (assault), 186 (obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions), 120B (conspiracy) of IPC, and various sections under the Arms Act.