Dreaded gangster Prem Prakash Singh alias Munna Bajrangi was on Monday shot dead allegedly by another gangster in the Baghpat district jail. According to the police, Sunil Rathi – another gangster lodged in Baghpat Jail since July 31 last year – allegedly shot Bajrangi dead following an altercation. Also Read - Crime in UP set to be 2019 LS poll issue

Principal Secretary, Home, Arvind Kumar said Jailor, Udai Pratap Singh, Deputy Jailor, Shivaji Yadav, Head Warden, Arjinder Singh and Warden, Madhav Kumar, have been suspended in connection with the incident.

Bajrangi was brought to Baghpat from Jhansi Jail yesterday and was to be produced in a local court today in a case of demanding extortion money from BJP MLA Lokesh Dixit in 2017.

Noticeably, Bajrangi’s wife Seema Singh had, just days ago, had said, “I want to tell UP CM Adityanath ji that my husband’s life is in danger. A conspiracy is being hatched to kill him in a fake encounter”.

Munna Bajrangi was born Prem Prakash Singh in Uttar Pradesh’s Jaunpur district in 1967. His father Parasnath Singh wanted his son to study hard. But Bajrangi chose the wrong road and left studies only after Class 5.

Bajrangi was fond of weapons and aspired to become a “Bollywood-style gangster”, and this led him enter the world of crime at a very tender age.

Bajrangi was only 17 years old when the first criminal case was lodged against him. He was booked for fighting and possessing illegal arms in Jaunpur’s Sirohi.

In an attempt to highlight himself in the criminal world, Bajrangi joined the gang of local mafia Gajraj Singh. He carried out his first major crime in 1984 when he killed a businessman. Bajrangi also murdered BJP leader Ramchandra Singh on Gajraj’s directions.

Bajrangi, considered one of the closest aides of gangster-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari, later joined Ansari’s gang.

Mukhtar Ansari – who had influence all over the eastern Uttar Pradesh – entered politics after he fought became MLA from Mau on a Samajwadi Party (SP) ticket.

The highlight of Bajrangi’s criminal record was the death of BJP leader Krishnanand Rai. He had planned and executed the killing of Rai on Ansari’s orders on November 29, 2005.

Rai was murdered in broad daylight by Bajrangi and his gang who reportedly fired 400 bullets from six AK-47 rifles at the Lucknow highway. Sixty-seven bullets were recovered from seven bodies.

After Rai’s murder, Bajrangi became one of the most dreaded gangsters across Uttar Pradesh and other nearby states. After a long run of four year, Bajrangi was arrested in 2009 from Mumbai’s Malad area.

Bajrangi, who was accused in as many as 40 criminal cases including that of murder and extortion had contested the 2012 Assembly polls from Madiyahu seat in Jaunpur on an Apna Dal ticket. Bajrangi came in third, polling 12 per cent behind winner Shraddha Yadav of Samajwadi Party.

In March 2016, Bajrangi’s brother-in-law Pushpjeet, who looked after his business, was shot dead in Vikas Nagar colony of Lucknow and his close associate Tariq was shot at in Lucknow in December last year.