Mirzapur season 2 recently released on Amazon Prime Video. A tale of revenge, gang wars and cold-blooded murders, the series revolves around the fight to become the king of Mirzapur, between Guddu Pandit and Munna Bhaiya.
You’ll be surprised to know that there existed a real-life gangster called Munna Bajrangi who was hailed as the king of Mirzapur, Jaunpur and Varanasi regions of UP.
Munna Bajrangi, whose real name was Prem Prakash Singh, was fond of arms and had entered the world of crime at quite an early age. He was just 17 when the first case of murder and possession of illegal arms was registered against him.
After some independent killings, he joined a gang led by Gajraj Singh in Jaunpur. In the 1990s, he became the right hand of don-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari, and murdered MLA Krishnanand Rai as a part of some gang rivalry. Bajrangi and his gang members killed Rai by firing 400 bullets from six AK-47 rifles in broad daylight.
As per some sources, after this murder, Munna Bajrangi shifted to Mumbai with his family. A most-wanted criminal in over 40 murders and extortion cases, Bajrangi carried a cash reward of ₹7,00,000 on his arrest.
He was finally nabbed in Mumbai in 2009 by the Delhi Police in coordination with the Mumbai Police.
Bajrangi fought in the Uttar Pradesh Legislative elections, as a joint candidate of the Apna Dal and the Peace Party from Mariyahu, in 2012 while he was in Tihar jail. However, he lost the election.
His nexus with criminal gangs and politicians prompted the authorities to shift him from one jail to another.
In July 2018, he was shot dead by Sunil Rathi, another prison inmate and a member of a rival gang at Baghpat jail. Just a day before his murder, Munna was shifted to Baghpat jail for a court appearance in an extortion case.
There were allegations that this was a planned murder and the case is currently being investigated by CBI.
While the makers of the Mirzapur series never said that it is based on Munna Bajrangi, his life, including his name closely resembles Divyendu Sharma’s character in the show.