To understand Raju Theth’s entry into the world of terror and murder, we have to go back nearly 25 years to 1995. This was the time when BJP’s Bhairon Singh government fell and President’s rule was introduced in Rajasthan.
Raju Theth shakes hands with Gopal Phogat
SK College of Sikar district used to be the center of Shekhawati’s politics. This college was earlier dominated by Gopal Phogat, an activist of BJP’s ABVP student body. Phogat was associated with the liquor business.
Raju Theth joined hands with Phogat and also started liquor business. Then he met Balbir Banuda. In 1998, Banuda and Theth jointly executed the Bhebharam murder case in Sikar. This was the beginning of the gang war in Shekhawati. Between 1998 and 2004, both criminals based their terror in the Shekhawati region.
Theth and Balbir concluded the liquor store contract
In 2004, under the Vasundhara Raje government, a lottery was held in Rajasthan for liquor contracts. Raju Theth and Balbir Banuda were able to get the contract in Jeen Mata area.
Both entrusted the management of the liquor store to Vijaypal, who is Balbir Banuda’s brother-in-law. He was asked to report his daily accounts to Theth and Banuda. However, Raju Theth suspected him of black selling alcohol and manipulating the invoices. This led to an argument between Thetha and Vijayapal which escalated and led to the killing of Vijayapal with the help of his companions.
Vijaypal’s murder, Anandpal’s revenge
Vijaypal’s assassination made Raju Theth and Balbir Banuda enemies. Balbir then decided to avenge his brother-in-law Vijaypal’s murder. To take revenge, Balbir Banuda joined forces with Anandpal Singh, a resident of Savrad village in Nagaur district. Anandpal felt betrayed and decided to take revenge. Both vowed to take revenge on the leaders.
In June 2006, a plan was hatched to kill Gopal Phogat, who was a supporter of Thet. He was executed following the plan. For years, both gangs played hide and seek with the police and committed the crimes.
Theth was attacked in Sikar prison and survived
Banuda’s close friend Subhash Baral launched an attack on Theth when he was lodged in Sikar jail. The incident occurred on January 26, 2013. However, Theth survived the attack. Following the attack, Raju Theth handed over control of the gang to his brother Omprakash alias Oma Theth.
Meanwhile, Anandpal and Balbir Banuda were lodged in Bikaner Jail. Incidentally, at that time, Oma Theth’s brother-in-law Jayprakash and Ramprakash were also lodged in the same jail. On July 24, 2014, Balbir Banuda and Anandpal were attacked. In this attack, Anandpal survived, Balbir Banuda was killed. But now both gangs are determined to kill each other. However, Anandpal died during an encounter in 2017.
After the encounter, the gang war in Shekhawati cooled down for a while, but by then Lawrence Bishnoi’s gang had gradually established a foothold in the state and now its typical work is complete.
Raju Theth was murdered today
Theth was released on parole in 2022, then shot dead on December 3rd, which is today. A criminal named Rohit Godara claimed responsibility for the murder. Speaking about revenge for the killing of Anandpal and Balbir Banuda, Rohit Godara wrote, “I take responsibility for the murder, revenge is complete.” He wrote on Facebook, “After meeting Anand, gang member Lawrence Bishnoi got involved. Both gangs were involved in the incident.”
17 heinous crimes have been registered against Godara, including attempt to murder, extortion, extortion and other heinous crimes. More than a dozen shots were fired at Raju. In this attack, another person lost his life along with him.