Tanasha case: Accused booked under MCOCA

Mumbai: Eleven people arrested for the murder of Farid Tanasha, suspected aide of gangster Chhota Rajan, have been booked under the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA).

"The accused have been charged under MCOCA for killing Tanasha. They were produced before the special MCOCA court yesterday which remanded them to police custody till July 19," a senior Crime Branch official told PTI.

On June 2, Tanasha was shot dead by unidentified sharp shooters at his residence in Tilak Nagar in Chembur. A month later, police arrested nine suspected members of Bharat Nepali gang. A week after, two more accused were nabbed in the same case.

According to the police, the accused were paid a contract amount by Nepali and by his associate Vijay Shetty to eliminate Tanasha, as the gangster had felt "insecure" about his position and a threat to his life because of Tanasha.

The arrested accused are Zaffar Khan alias Abbas, Mohammed Saqib Khan, Raviprakash Singh alias Twinkle, Pankaj Singh, Randhir Singh alias Nikhil, Mohammed Rafiq Shaikh alias Shankar, Dattatray Bhakre, Ravindra Warerkar, Vishwanath Shetty, Rajeev Chavan and Laljibhai Bhandari, police said.

Three more are still wanted in the case.