Police investigators probing the murder of police informer and dock-thief Narsaiyya Modi alias Mamu, stabbed to death by four-five unidentified assailants outside a restaurant in rural Thane on Thursday evening, believe his killing was carried out by the city’s underworld but was done carefully in a way that it would appear as robbers’ handiwork.
The case’s investigators said that the men who ordered Mamu’s killing and the assassins might have deliberately tried to hoodwink the police.
The choice of the weapons used in the murderous attack, the location to carry it out, and the follow-up action after the incident indicate the plan that aimed at escaping provisions of the stringent MCOCA (Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Prevention Act) and attention of the Mumbai Crime Branch that has been in the forefront of fighting the underworld the past decade.
``In a typical gangland killing firearms are used, they would never abandon the get-away vehicle later. In this case, the killers seemed to have chosen only choppers, swords and even wooden sticks and they chose to strike in Padgha, though they could have hit Mamu in the city itself as he was a Wadala resident …they abandoned their maroon Sumo car later---these actions are typical of robbers’ modus-operandi.
Thane police’s Superintendent of Police (rural) Archana Tyagi, said ``We are trying to figure out why the assassins chose Padgha, Thane, in any case we will crack the case. We are not yet certain as to whether the Rajan gang carried out this hit’’.
According to her, the police recovered two ``choppers and three-four lathis from the maroon Sumo. One of the choppers had deep bloodstains that were probably used to hack Mamu; Mamu could have barely tried to escape as he had lost both his legs to an accident a few years ago and was using prosthetic limbs only.
The police have not yet made any arrests in the case; the assassin’s getaway car had contained documents that showed the owner was a resident of Wadala. ``When we checked out the address it turned out to be fake, so now we will rely on the chassis number with the help of the RTO authorities to track down the owner”, said Tyagi.
Mumbai Crime Branch(CB) is providing help to the Thane police in cracking the case and had sent a team to assist it on Friday. When CB’s DCP(detection) Dhananjay Kamlakar was asked whether Mamu had been provided security by it, he said ``he was not a key witness in the JNPT case. We had taken his statements in that case and also the Sujata Nikalje case, but it was not certain we would have called him to depose at the trial stage.”
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