Scores of people gathered outside a single-storey house in Jharsa village Thursday morning, hours after the death of Mahesh, a man who had 21 cases registered against him at various police stations, four of which accused him of murder.
While he was on his way back home from office Wednesday night, Mahesh was shot to death by a group of assailants in a white Mahindra SUV, said police.
“He sustained 10 bullet injuries and was rushed to the hospital, where he was declared dead,” said Naveen Kumar, SHO of Sector 40 police station. A case has been registered under Section 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and relevant sections of the Arms Act.
Locals remember the 34-year-old, known as ‘Gangster Mahesh’, alias Attack, as someone who was trying to turn his life around.
“After his children were born, he started distancing himself from all kinds of criminal activities. He was living a normal life, picking up his children — Mahesh had two children, an eight-year-old daughter and a five-year-old son — the rest of his day in the office,” said Parveen, a resident of Jharsa.
He joined his brother’s real estate business a few years ago, said locals.
Mahesh’s father Sube Singh, a former superintendent in the Customs department, said, “He strayed… because of the bad company he kept as a teenager.”
The first case against Mahesh was registered in October 1998 under Section 395 (dacoity) of the IPC at the Sadar police station, after he allegedly robbed lakhs of rupees from a post office. Four more cases, including two with murder charges, were registered against him that year.
In the years that followed, 21 cases were registered against Mahesh at various police stations in Gurgaon. By the time of his death, he had been acquitted in 15 but convicted in two, a case of murder and another of attempted murder. Four other cases were still under trial at the time of his death.
Another Jharsa resident said, “It is sad that after all the effort he made to reform himself, he died such a violent death.”
Gurgaon Police Commissioner Sandeep Khirwar said, “The murder may be a result of inter-gang rivalry, but this can only be confirmed after further investigations.”