Mumbai: Underworld don Dawood Ibrahim`s close
associate Chhota Shakeel`s role has surfaced in the murder of
private shipping firm owner and marine diesel smuggler in
which police have arrested Congressman and his eight aides.
In a related development, police have invoked Maharashtra
Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) against the accused
with Shakeel shown as wanted in the case.
On September 15, Sayyed Chand Madar (56), owner of a
private firm in south Mumbai, was walking towards a restaurant
when he was shot at on his head from point blank range, police
said, adding he succumbed to bullet injuries at the Bombay
hospital here, the next day.
Six days after the killing, the crime branch arrested
Congressman Mohammed Ali Abu Shaikh (48) and his four aides
from the city while two sharp shooters were apprehended from
Mughalsarai railway station in Uttar Pradesh.
A few days later one Shaikh Akhtar Allah Rakha was
arrested from the city while another Rashid Batla was held
yesterday from Mangalore in the case, taking the total number
of arrests in the case to nine.
"During the probe, Shakeel`s role emerged after which we
have shown him as wanted accused in the case," Joint Police
Commissioner (Crime) Himanshu Roy said.
Mohammed Ali was in contact with Shakeel to execute the
murder of Madar, he said adding, "the MCOCA was invoked
against the ten accused."