New Delhi, Aug 25: Two prisoners were allegedly beaten to death by four others in a clash between two gangs inside a moving prison van transporting nine inmates from Rohini to Tihar Jail today.
The attack was allegedly led by jailed gangster, Neeraj Bawania, who was one of the inmates present in the vehicle, accompanied by his cousins Naveen Bhanja, Naveen Bali and Rahul. The incident was reported around 4.30 PM.
Nine prisoners were being escorted to the jail in the prison van by two police officials - an assistant sub-inspector and a constable (driver) - both posted at the Third Battalion of Delhi Police, after hearings at the Rohini Court, said a senior police official.
When the police officials escorting the vehicle saw the prisoners fight, they did not stop the van and sped towards Mongolpuri area.
They finally stopped at Bhagwan Mahavir Hospital, where two of the prisoners - identified as Paras Goldy (30) and Pradip Bhola (32) - were declared dead on arrival.
According to the police, the accused men first beat up Goldy and Bhola. They then strangled the duo and hit their faces on the walls and floor of the prison van.
When the duo collapsed, the accused men continued kicking them until the van stopped at the hospital. "A case of murder was registered at the Mongolpuri police station," said Sanjay Singh, Joint Commissioner of Police (North). The police are also probing the roles of the three other inmates - Dinesh, Sonu and Sunil - who were present in the prison van.