The investigation into the death of two prisoners, who were allegedly killed by gangster Neeraj Bawana and his associates inside a prison van in August, have revealed that the incident was an attempt to help Bawana escape, said police sources.
Paras Vikram and Pradeep Bhola, members of a gang led by Neetu Dabodia, were killed inside a van which was bringing them back to Tihar jail after a hearing at Rohini court.
According to police sources, investigations have revealed that three cars were following the vehicle after it left the Rohini court. When the fight broke out, the van was forced to halt for about five minutes in Mongolpuri. Members of Bawana gang, who were in the three cars, pelted it with stones, said sources.
They asked the policemen inside to open the door and threatened to set the van ablaze, said sources. However, the policemen refused to do so and drove the van to a nearby hospital.
Officers of the Special Cell and the Crime Branch, during investigations, came to know that about 8 to 10 people had come to meet Bawana during the hearing.
Elaborating on the chain of events, investigators said once Bawana and his associates started their attack, “the scuffle was noticed by the security personnel and the van was stopped”. “Suddenly, some people gathered outside the van and asked the policemen to open the gate. They threatened to set it ablaze,” they said.
Meanwhile, Delhi Armed Police’s 3rd Battalion has got the requisite permission from a Delhi court to handcuff and fetter Bawana while transporting him to courts for hearings and back to the jail. The 3rd Battalion is responsible for escorting criminals to and from the jail for court hearings.