The Byculla police recently arrested the brother-in-law-of a cricketer, for illegally storing more than 480 gas cylinders in his godown in Mazgaon, for commercial use. The arrested accused, identified as Umarshad Mohammed Khaliq Khan, 30, was later released on bail.
Khan runs a company called the Mumbai Gas Company, which has a godown at Hirabai Compound in Ghodapdeo, Mazgaon.
According to the police, the complainant in the case, Siddharth Bansode, is assistant licensing superintendent in the BMC’s licensing department.
In his statement, Bansode told the police that while he was patrolling in the Byculla area recently, he received information about the illegal storage of gas cylinders. “Acting on the information, my staff members and I raided the godown and seized the gas cylinders,” Bansode told HT.
“During the raid, the civic officials seized 486 gas cylinders worth about Rs7.21lakh. The cylinders had LPG gas, Argon liquefied gas, Nitrogen and Oxygen gas,” said an assistant inspector from the Byculla police station.
The officer added that Khan failed to produce the licence for storage of gas cylinders for commercial use. He was then taken into police custody. He has been booked under sections 394(1) (B), 471 and 516(A) of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation Act.
Requesting anonymity, another officer revealed that Khan is brother-in-law of a well-known Indian cricketer who is not in the team at present. Khan’s sister married the cricketer last year.