Shootout inside Delhi courtroom kills three, gang wars blamed

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Shootout inside Delhi courtroom kills three, gang wars blamed

<div> <p>By Suchitra Mohanty</p> <p><span class="caps">NEW</span> <span class="caps">DELHI</span> – Three people were killed in a suspected gangland shooting inside a Delhi courtroom on Friday, police said, causing panic in the premises. </p> <p>The incident occurred when a suspected gang leader appeared in court and two men who were sitting inside dressed as lawyers fired shots at him, police said.</p> <p>Delhi Police Commissioner Rakesh Asthana said the two men appeared to belong to a rival gang and that police swiftly returned fire, killing the two assailants. The target of their attack also died later in hospital, he said. </p> <p>Mobile phone images captured by people in the court premises in Rohini, in western Delhi, showed people running for cover while shots rang out. </p> <p>Arun Kumar, an official at the Rohini court, said lawyers should be given a special ID card to reduce the risk of impersonation. </p> <p>Sanjeev Nasiar, President of the Delhi Bar Association, said lawyers would stay away from work on Saturday and review the security measures in courts.</p> <p/> </div>