Gandhinagar: Gangster Mukesh Harjani, wanted in many criminal cases in Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra, was allegedly shot dead by unidentified assailants, police said on Friday.
The incident took place in Harni where security has been tightened ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit tomorrow to inaugurate the new international airport terminal building.
“Some unidentified assailants fired eight rounds from close range at Harjani near Harni Road in Vadodara while he was heading towards his home in Warasiya locality on Thursday night and then fled the spot,” Joint City Police Commissioner DJ Patel said. Soon after receiving the information, police reached the spot and took Harjani to a nearby hospital where he was declared dead, the police officer said.
Mr Patel said all police stations across the state have been alerted for tracing the unidentified persons.
According to police, Harjani was a tempo driver before becoming gangster and has nearly 36 cases of murder, extortion, kidnapping lodged against him across Gujarat and some other states. He had turned a bootlegger by allegedly supplying country-made liquor in Dahod and Panchmahals districts while delivering bread in his mini-van. He was also a wanted criminal in Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra.