Mumbai: The slain driver-cum-bodyguard of
fugitive don Dawood Ibrahim`s brother Iqbal Kaskar was
"definitely" the target of the south Mumbai shooting incident,
the Maharashtra government said on Wednesday, while the police said
Kaskar was not present at the site.
"Initial questioning of those arrested in connection
with the incident has revealed that their target was Iqbal`s
driver," Home Minister R R Patil told reporters in Ahmednagar
40-year-old Arif Syed Abu Bukha succumbed to bullet
injuries as he was taken to J J Hospital.
To a query on whether last night`s incident was a
fallout of a gang-war, he asserted "there are no gangs (left)
in Mumbai, so there is no question of a gang-war."
However, Mumbai Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime)
Himanshu Roy maintained that at this point of time, they could
not conclusively say Kaskar was not the target as the two
shooters, hired by an unidentified man, had been paid "large"
amounts for the job and also provided sophisticated weapons.
"Kaskar`s bodyguard Bukha was definitely the target of
the attack. At this stage, I cannot say that Kaskar was not
the target. If Bukha was the only target then why the shooters
would get sophisticated weapons and large amount of money for
Gunmen Syyed Ali (29), a resident of Mumbra in
adjoining Thane, and Indra Khatri (27) from Nepal, had
allegedly fired at Bukha in South Mumbai`s Dambarwala building
in which Kaskar`s office is located.
The two were arrested from near J J Hospital, while
their two other associates managed to flee. The duo was today
sent to police custody till May 26.