Sixteen years after Bharatiya Janata Party leader Ramdas Nayak was gunned down by the shooters of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim gang, a key accused was arrested from Mira Road on Wednesday.
Himanshu Roy, joint commissioner of police (crime), said Sajid Usman Batliwala was living under an assumed identity of Mohammed Ahmed Memon for the last 12 years while the police believed that he was staying in Pakistan along with the other D-gang members.
“Batliwala had provided the AK-56 used in the killing. He had also arranged for the Fiat car that was used in the crime,” Roy said. He added that Batliwala had also arranged the shooters and later given them shelter. Four of the accused in the case were convicted for life while another key accused Feroze Kokani was reportedly killed in 2001 by fellow gang members in Karachi after a dispute. Batliwala had introduced Kokani into the gang, Roy said.
Roy said Batliwala was involved in several offences including the killing of Shiv Sena leader RT Sagvekar and Hanif Patel in 1994 in the jurisdiction of J J Marg police station, Haji Bidar under Dongri police station.
He had also tried to kill suspected Chhota Rajan henchman Faruq Chikna in Pune,” Roy added. In 1994-95, Batliwala escaped to Pakistan via Nepal-Bangladesh and Dubai.
“He returned to India in 1998 and had been living at Mira Road since then,” Roy said.
Batliwala had got a passport and a PAN card in the name of Syed Mohammed Samum Gani. He was found in possession of press ID cards of various organisations and also claimed to be a member of some anti-corruption organisations.
“In 2007, Batliwala got a clerk from tehsildar office trapped by the Anti-Corruption Bureau,” Roy said. He lived off by blackmailing and extortions by posing as a journalist and social worker. Batliwala has been remanded in police custody till December 27.