Shooting an outcome of gang rivalry,Yogesh Badauria disguised himself with a fake beard,moustache and wore a cap.
Five persons were injured after three men opened fire at an under-trial inside the Ghaziabad court complex on Thursday morning.
Police said the shooting was an outcome of gang rivalry between Udham Singhs group and the Badauria gang. Both gangs are based in Meerut.
Singh,who was to appear in court in connection with a 2006 murder case,was the target,police said. He was shot in the cheek and is admitted to GTB Hospital. His condition was said to be stable.
Among the injured were three men who were in court for a hearing in separate cases. They have been identified as Ranga Yadav,Rishipal Sharma and Rambhul Singh.
The PAC personnel fired in retaliation,and one of the attackers,Sachin Tewatia (21),was shot in the waist,police said. Following this,Tewatia and another attacker Parth Pandit (23) surrendered. Yogesh Badauria,the mind behind the attack,fled after he jumped from the first floor of the complex and on to the roof of a car,police said.
According to police,Singh,who has been in police custody for the past 11 months,had killed the leader of Badauria gang,Pramod Badauria,in 2006. This deepened the existing tension between the two gangs.
The rivalry began 18 years ago. It escalated when Udham Singh had killed Pramod Badauria in 2006. In 2008,Singh also killed the deputy general manager of Bajaj Sugar Mills,Siddharth Upadhyaya,after a conflict over a contract. Singh believed that Upadhyaya would give the contract to the Badauria gang, a senior police officer said.
Police said Yogesh picked up Tewatia and Pandit around 6.30 am.
They were dressed in lawyers uniform white shirt and black suit which they bought from Meerut. Worried that Singh might recognise him,Yogesh disguised himself with a fake beard and moustache. He also put on a pair of spectacles and a cap. They reached the court in Yogeshs white Santro and parked it outside the main gate. They waited till Singh exited the courtroom and fired at him in the corridor on the first floor, Superintendent of Police (City) S S Yadav said.
Police said Singh ran into a courtroom to duck the bullets,but the three men followed him there.
They fired shots and injured three other persons who were present in court. Constables of Police Armed Constabulary shot one of the attackers. Tewatia and Pandit surrendered after they were cornered. Yogesh escaped and is being tracked, the officer said.
Police said seven rounds were fired one by police personnel. Three guns,of the five that the trio were carrying,have been recovered. One of them is a .315 country-made double-bore pistol. The other two are stolen pistols,which policemen use and are manufactured by the Ordinance Factory Board. Singh had killed Pandits uncle two years ago, Yadav said.
Cases have been registered at the Kavinagar police station.
An official at GTB Hospital said: The bullet pierced his (Singhs) cheek,but we didnt find an exit wound. The bullet is not lodged in his brain. He is stable.
Singh was shifted to RML Hospital later in the evening.
Yogesh Badauria picks up Sachin Tewatia (21) and Parth Pandit (23) around 6.30 am and they head for court
Park their Hyundai Santro outside main gate and wait for Udham Singh to leave courtroom
All dressed as lawyers,Yogesh sports fake beard,moustache,spectacles and a cap
Open fire at Singh as he walks into the corridor on the first floor of court complex
Singh runs into another courtroom to evade bullets,men follow him,continue shooting
Bullets hit three others present in the court room
PAC personnel fire in retaliation,Tewatia injured
Cornered,Tewatia and Pandit surrender
Yogesh jumps from the first floor on to roof of a car,escapes