New Delhi | Two days after gangster Tillu Tajpuriya was stabbed to death by four rival gang members inside Tihar jail, a video emerged on social media on Thursday showing how the gruesome attack was executed.
The video, captured by a CCTV camera inside the high-security jail, showed the attackers descending from the first floor by clinging to bed sheets using them as a rope and then barging into Tajpuriya's cell on the ground floor to attack him.
The video, a crucial evidence in the gruesome murder case, shows the first attacker climbing down at 6.10 am and the rest follow him.
Tajpuriya, who is seen wearing a red T-shirt and black shorts, enters the scene from the other end. As soon as he sees the first attacker, he rushes inside a cell and pulls the iron door to shut it.
All the attackers by now had assembled on the ground floor and three of them gather outside Tajpuriya's cell. Someone tries to stop the fourth attacker, who is a bit away from the rest of the gang members.
Since the door can't be locked from inside, the attackers manage to barge inside the cell and pull Tajpuriya outside. They drag him to the common area and stab him repeatedly with improvised weapons.
Some people are seen in the video trying to stop the attackers. One of them dressed in white has been identified as gangster Manjeet Mahal, said a police official probing the case.
Another person, clad in a grey T-shirt, who tries to intervene to stop the attack, is warned by the assailants, shows the video.
The attackers keep stabbing Tajpuriya with sharp-edged weapons until their hands are drenched in blood, which also splatters on the ground. The attack ended within two minutes.
Tajpuriya was killed early Tuesday allegedly by four members of the rival Gogi gang — Deepak alias Titar, Yogesh alias Tunda, Rajesh, and Riyaz Khan — who stabbed him "92 times". The four attackers, lodged on the first floor of the prison, cut an iron grille and used bed sheets to climb down.
Another police official said, "We moved the court on Thursday to seek permission to interrogate the four inmates, which has been granted." The case will be investigated by the Special Cell of Delhi Police as it has the expertise required for handling cases related to gang rivalry, officials said. The special cell will also be investigating the killing of gangster Prince Tewatia, a close aide of Lawrence Bishnoi, inside Tihar jail last month, they add.
A police team has has inspected the crime scene and collected evidence. The bed sheets, blood-stained clothes of the accused and four improvised weapons have been recovered from the spot.
Tajpuriya was lodged in Tihar jail since 2016. He was an accused in the 2021 Rohini court shootout, in which gangster Jitender Gogi was killed, and was facing a threat to his life following the shootout.