Gang wars back with a bang

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Gulbarga sees 2 shootings in a week; police arrest 6 persons

Police are facing the menace of armed gangs of youths in the district
Police are facing the menace of armed gangs of youths in the district

The brazen use of country-made fire arms in two incidents of clashes in Gulbarga, within a gap of one week, has revived the fears of gun culture and gang wars — put to an end with the arrest of gangster Bhagappa Harijan in 2007.

In the first incident, on the night of April 20, a suspected gangster and fire arms supplier Ravi Bairamadagi was shot dead with a country-made pistol allegedly by a rival gang in Sanjeev Nagar Slum, in the heart of the city. In the second incident, Sunday night, Sharanappa Bojja (41), a customer at a bar, was shot from a close range by two persons after a fracas, here. Mr. Bojja’s condition is critical.

The bullet entered the body between clavicle bone and heart and exited from the back. Mr. Bojja was shifted to a hospital in Hyderabad after doctors here were unable to stop the internal bleeding.

The emergence of armed gangs indulging in extortion and blackmailing has created a sense of insecurity. The police stumbled on the country-made pistols and cartridges with the arrests of six suspected members of the Srinivas gang which allegedly killed Bairamadagi.

Bairamadagi was suspected to be a major supplier of the illegal firearms to different gangs and individuals in the district. The police estimated that the gangster might have sold at least 100 to 150 illicit firearms in Gulbarga district. The police had recovered six country-made pistols from Bairamadagi during his arrest and had recovered two more country-made pistols after he was killed on April 20.

Now, the police are facing the same menace again with the emergence of the armed gangs of youths in the district.

  • On April 20, a suspected fire arms supplier Bairamadagi was shot dead by a rival gang

  • Last Sunday, a customer in a bar was shot at by two persons after a fracas




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