Advertisement

HindustanTimes Wed,23 Jul 2014

Man suspected of arming Salem shooter questioned

Mohamed Thaver, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, July 03, 2013
First Published: 02:45 IST(3/7/2013) | Last Updated: 02:46 IST(3/7/2013)

The crime branch of Mumbai police that is conducting a parallel probe into the firing on gangster Abu Salem in Taloja jail detained Manoj Lahamane, the man suspected to have provided the firearm used by shooter Devendra Jagtap alias JD, on Tuesday for questioning.

Advertisement

The crime branch is hoping Lahamane, if he indeed passed on the country-made revolver, will help them get details of the plot to eliminate Salem and those behind it.

During his initial interrogation by the Navi Mumbai crime branch, Jagtap had told officials that Lahamane, who once worked with him for the Bharat Nepali gang, had given him the pistol. “Soon after this, we started looking out for Lahamane and picked him up on Tuesday. We are questioning him to find out if he indeed provided the firearm to Jagtap,” an officer said.

“If he was the weapon carrier, he should be able to tell us who gave him the order to supply the weapon. This should help us get more details about the plot to eliminate Salem,” the officer said. The officer added that apart from Lahamane, around 15 persons who are known to be close to Jagtap, have been interrogated by the property cell of crime branch.

The officer said the attack did not appear to be orchestrated by Salem. “It seems to be a genuine attack and had the country-made firearm not jammed after two rounds, Salem would have been eliminated.”

So far, four policemen including a jailor of Taloja central prison have been suspended for the lapse. “There is a good chance that the escort staff of the local arms police unit that accompanied Jagtap to the court may also face action,” the officer said.

Meanwhile, Meeran Borwankar, additional director general of police (prisons) said her probe into the lapses at Taloja prison is underway.


Advertisement
more from Mumbai

Maharashtra minister Narayan Rane resigns

Congress is headed for further trouble in Maharashtra ahead of the Assembly elections as its senior minister Narayan Rane resigned as minister for Industries on Monday.
Advertisement
Most Popular
Advertisement
Advertisement
Copyright © 2014 HT Media Limited. All Rights Reserved