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He got a phone call minutes before the murder: Family

Sources in gangster Farid Tanasha’s family said he had received a call on his cell phone 10 minutes before unidentified men barged into his Tilak Nagar house and killed him on Wednesday night.

mumbai Updated: Jun 04, 2010 00:56 IST
Shahkar Abidi

Sources in gangster Farid Tanasha’s family said he had received a call on his cell phone 10 minutes before unidentified men barged into his Tilak Nagar house and killed him on Wednesday night.

Tanasha had reportedly told the caller that he is available at home and asked the caller to come over.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone VI) Dilip Sawant refused to comment because the matter is under investigation.

Tanasha, an alleged aide of underworld don Chhota Rajan, was shot at in his Meghna Cooperative Housing Society flat. He received eight bullet injuries.

His wife and daughter were at home when the incident occurred. He was rushed to Rajawadi Hospital, but was declared dead before admission.

A day after the killing, there was an eerie silence at Tanasha’s ground floor flat. Relatives and acquaintances poured in throughout the day.

“I learnt about the incident after television channels flashed the news of the attack on Farid,” Waris Mohammed, a family friend, said.

State Reserve Police Force personnel were put on guard outside his house. Police and crime branch officers, some in plain clothes, were also around keeping an eye on visitors.

The family said it seemed like Tanasha had anticipated a violent end. He had employed a dozen bodyguards, his family said. But when the killers entered his house, not a single bodyguard was around.

At least five bodyguards would be with Tanasha through the day. On Wednesday, one of the bodyguards had taken his dog for a stroll. Four others had gone out and one of them was sick.