Dholakia firing exposes rift in D-gang

  • Shailendra Mohan, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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  • Updated: Feb 25, 2011 01:58 IST

The firing at the south Mumbai office of builder Manish Dholakia on February 8 has shed light on the differences caused by factional fights in the D-gang, sources say.

According to crime branch sources, a few hours after the firing, a local contact of underworld gangster Chhota Shakeel called him up and informed him that Dholakia has been fired at.

When the local contact confirmed that it he was referring to deceased builder Mahesh Dholakia’s son, Manish, Shakeel panicked and told his contact to not mention names over the phone line.

“He [Shakeel] did not want his name to be dragged even remotely in the matter,” the crime branch source said, requesting anonymity as he is not authorised to speak to the media.

The officer said that Shakeel’s reaction reflects the divide that exists between Shakeel and Anees Ibrahim’s faction.

“We know that Ibrahim and his close confidante Salim Chiplun don’t see eye-to-eye with Shakeel and that Dawood favours Shakeel over his own blood relative,” the officer said.

Himanshu Roy, joint commissioner of police (crime) confirmed the factional differences existing in the gang. Roy refused to take any names but said, “We are aware of the factional differences and we are keeping a watch.”

The source also said that Shakeel might be desperate to avoid any linkup to the shootout as it may affect his business.

“A bloodshed may hamper his operations as he is mostly into a business where any criminal shadow could harm his interests,” the officer added.


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