LUCKNOW/ MEERUT: Muqeem Kala, a dreaded gangster from west UP and the man held responsible for the much publicised ‘Kairana exodus’, a phrase popularised by former BJP MP Hukum Singh, was killed in a shootout inside Ragauli district jail in Chitrakoot district Friday morning. Another criminal Merajuddin, who was an aide of don-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari, also died in the firing.
According to police, it was Anshu Dixit, also a history sheeter, who shot dead Kala and Merajuddin. He, too, was killed in retaliatory firing from police.
Kala was involved in killing of several cops
Kala, a native of Shamli, had 65 cases against him and was moved from Saharanpur jail to Chitrakoot jail on May 7. Police said he ran extortion rackets mostly in western UP, Panipat and Dehradun. He was also involved in the killing of a number of policemen.
CM Yogi Adityanath has sought a report on the incident from DG (prisons) Anand Kumar and formed a three-member probe team comprising the divisional commissioner, IG (range) of Chitrakoot Dham and DIG prisons.
Chitrakoot SP Ankit Mittal told TOI that Dixit opened fire around 9.30am. “Anshu shot dead Muqeem Kala and Merajuddin with a pistol. He also held five inmates at gunpoint and threatened to kill them. Jail officials asked him to surrender but he opened fire. He was killed in retaliatory firing by police,” he said. Asked how Dixit got hold of a pistol, DG (prisons) Kumar said it is being probed. Sources said about 10 rounds were fired inside the jail premises, including shots fired by cops.
Merajuddin had 14 cases in his name while 2 Dixit was named as accused in 10 cases.