Sharpshooter linked to Shahabudin arrested

New Delhi: An alleged sharpshooter of jailed former MP Mohammed Shahabudin was arrested here, police said on Sunday.

Aftab, who is allegedly involved in at least 20 cases of robbery and murder, was apprehended on a tip off yesterday, a senior police officer said.

A firearm was recovered from him.

"Aftab was linked with Shahabudin and was one of his sharpshooters," a senior police officer said.

He was earlier arrested in 1998.

Shahabudin is currently serving a life sentence for kidnapping with intent to murder. Because of this conviction, he was not permitted to contest the 2009 general election.