Police probing Bharat Nepali`s role in Tanasha murder case
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Last Updated: Thursday, June 03, 2010, 21:50
Mumbai: Groping in dark in the case of murder of a suspected member of the Chhota Rajan gang, Mumbai police is probing if the killing was a result of internal rivalry within the gang or handiwork of Bharat Nepali, who runs a separate gang.

Farid Tanasha, an alleged henchman of Rajan gang, was shot dead last night by two sharp shooters who fired five bullets from their two 7.65 revolvers, from a close range inside his house's bedroom in Tilak Nagar Colony building at suburban Chembur, police said.

"We are probing the case in all possible angles including if it was an outcome of internal rivalry withing the gang. The names of Bharat Nepali, who runs his own gang, and Rajan's aide D K Rao are emerging as of now in the case," Additional Police Commissioner (Crime) Deven Bharti said.

Tanasha, a top informer of Intelligence Bureau (IB) and Mumbai Crime Branch, was also present at a Christmas party thrown by Rajan's close aide D K Rao and allegedly attended by some senior police officers in December last year, police sources said.

Subsequently, the senior officers were suspended for attending the Rajan gang's party and an inquiry was ordered into the matter by the then Police Commissioner D Sivanandan (presently state police chief), the sources added.

Notorious gangster Nepali was also allegedly involved in the killing of Shahid Azmi, the counsel to Faheem Ansari, who was acquitted in Mumbai terror attacks case. Azmi was shot dead by three contract killers hired by Nepali in his office on February 11 night at point blank range. The three assailants were later arrested, police said.

According to police, Tanasha was involved in several crimes including murder, attempt to murder, extortion and robbery.

Tanasha's murder was meticulously planned as his men, who guard him, were not present at the time of incident when two sharp shooters had barged into his bedroom and pumped five bullets, they said.

The accused must have had conducted a recce and accordingly executed their plan. When the watchman of building left the main gate for a few seconds, the accused barged into the victim's house and killed him, police said.

Though Tanasha's second wife Reshma stated that two assailants were seen firing at her husband, there could be six to eight more aides of the accused, who might have waited outside the building, the police added.

Police are also drawing sketches of the accused based on the description given by Reshma.


First Published: Thursday, June 03, 2010, 21:50

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