About a month before he was gunned down in July last year, alleged Chhota Shakeel aide Chote Miyan alias Zahid Ghulam Hassan Mir, 54, had tried, but in vain, to convince underworld don Chhota Rajan to spare him.
According to the crime branch, they suspect that Miyan was under threat after he had failed to pay punters and some bookies during the Indian Premier League-II (IPL) as he had lost heavily in betting. The aggrieved bookies had sought Rajan’s help to eliminate Miyan.
Miyan, an officer from the crime branch said, had incurred losses running up to Rs 40-50 crore during the IPL.
According to crime branch sources, Miyan had got a wind of the supari that had been paid to Rajan for his elimination in June 2009. “He began sending feelers to Rajan through his local operatives, asking the latter to spare him for a huge amount. However, since Shakeel (Dawood Ibrahim’s chief lieutenant) is Rajan’s sworn enemy and Miyan was essentially a big-time mafia manager for Shakeel in Mumbai, Rajan remained non-committal and never reciprocated to the feelers. Also, Rajan wanted to establish his sway in Dawood’s home turf (Nagpada) by killing Chote Miyan,” said a senior crime branch officer.
Additional commissioner of police (crime) Deven Bharati refused to identify the bookie, who had allegedly given a contract for killing Chote Miyan.