With a reward of Rs one lakh, Girdhari aka Kanhaiya Vishwakarma was the main gunman in the murder of Ajit Singh, a mafia don from Jaunpur. Girdhari and others had shot as many as 25 bullets on Ajit Singh on January 6 and killed him on the spot. He was arrested by Delhi Police on January 11 and was taken to Varanasi by UP Police on the basis of a production order. He was then taken to Lucknow and spent three days on remand with the main police force.
During questioning by the Lucknow police, the shooter revealed that he was a close associate of an Eastern UP Mafia turned politician. Girdhari had also named Mafia gunmen Don Kuntu Singh, Mustafa, Rajesh Tomar and Shivendra in the murder of Ajit Singh.
Previously, UP police had shot another historian Vikas Dubey in a similar fight near Kanpur when he allegedly tried to escape after grabbing a police officer’s weapon. He was taken from Ujjain to Kanpur, where he was arrested. Dubey was involved in the murder of eight police officers, including a deputy SP, when a police party went to arrest him from the village of Bikru in rural Kanpur.