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A rivalry dating back to the 90s

Gangs of Meerut Police said shootout at Ghaziabad court on Thursday was fall-out of gang war

Written by Dipankar Ghose | Ghaziabad |
October 13, 2012 1:45:24 am

Gangs of Meerut Police said shootout at Ghaziabad court on Thursday was fall-out of gang war

Around 30 years ago,when Udham Singh was just 12 years old,his father,known to the villagers as ‘Baba’ was killed in Sarurpur village in Meerut.

The incident allegedly shaped the history of gang violence and rivalry in the Meerut,Bulandshahr and Ghaziabad regions over the past three decades and,finally,led to the attempt on Udham’s life at the Ghaziabad Court Complex on Thursday that left five persons,including Udham,wounded.

Yogesh Badauria,who allegedly masterminded Thursday’s attack on Udham,had once worked closely with Udham,police said.

Badauria allegedly helped Udham carry out a series of crimes — from murder and kidnap to extortion — throughout the nineties,making them the most feared gangsters in Western Uttar Pradesh.

A source in police said three years after his father’s death,Udham Singh,then an adolescent,set out to track his father’s killers to take revenge.

“At the time,Pramod Badauria,Yogesh’s older brother,was already an infamous gangster in the Meerut region. Singh got in touch with Pramod and,with his help,killed those who murdered his father. Impressed with Udham’s drive,Pramod took him under his wing and their relationship grew over the next 20 years,” a police officer said.

But there were power struggles within the group,police said.

“The most intense rivalry was between Udham and Pramod’s younger brother Yogesh. Both wanted to become Pramod’s right-hand man. Each gang leader has his own coterie of men who carry out contract killings,abductions and so on. Udham wanted to take over as the head of the gang,but Yogesh was against this,” the officer said.

When Pramod began openly favouring his brother around 2004,Udham broke ranks. He began operating on his own in the same territory as that of the Badauria gang.

“This led to friction between the two groups and many were killed on both sides. They began fighting for the same contracts as well,” the officer said.

In April 2008,Udham’s gang allegedly killed Siddharth Upadhyaya,deputy general manager of Bajaj Sugar Mills in Kinoni in Meerut.

“Both gangs wanted the contract for running the processing unit of the sugar mill. When Udham found out that the contract was going to the Badaurias,he murdered the official. He also killed Sahab Singh,a member of the Badauria gang and a close aide of Pramod,the same week,” the officer said.

Udham knew that this act would make him a direct target,police said.

“Village elders tried to defuse the tension between the two gangs. They held a panchayat in Kinoni and summoned both the Badauria clan and Udham’s gang members. Though the two parties shook hands at the behest of the panchayat,it was clear that Pramod hadn’t forgiven Udham for killing his aide,” the officer said.

In 2010,Udham allegedly made a plan to kill Pramod Badauria in Meerut.

“On a busy street,in full public view,he pumped 12 bullets into Pramod Badauria. Even as he shot Pramod,Udham kept saying he was sorry that he was killing his guruji,but if he didn’t,he was sure that Pramod would kill him. Some months later,in September 2010,Udham Singh surrendered to police,to ensure his safety from Yogesh,who wanted to avenge his brother’s death.”

It obviously didn’t work. On Thursday,Yogesh and two others,one of whom wanted to avenge the death of his uncle who was killed by Udham,allegedly attacked him in the Ghaziabad court.

“But the bullet went through Udham’s cheek. Udham is stable and Yogesh managed to escape from the court soon after the incident. A hunt is on for him,” the police officer said.

With both gang leaders alive,the Ghaziabad attack,it seems,is just another chapter in a long saga of murders,power struggle and revenge.

The Protagonists

Udham Singh

Born to a farmer in Sarurpur in Meerut,Singh’s father was allegedly killed when he was 12.

He got involved with the Badauria gang to take revenge on his father’s killers. He has more than 40 cases against him,including murder and attempt to murder

Yogesh Badauria Younger brother of Pramod Badauria,he took over the reins of the gang after Udham allegedly killed his elder brother. Two of his accomplices were caught on Thursday after the Ghaziabad court shootout. Yogesh escaped in a car after jumping from the first floor of the court.

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