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Police grill two, but no headway

The crime branch has questioned two persons in connection with a phone call made to lawyer Shahid Azmi’s office less than an hour before he was murdered. However, it has not led to a breakthrough yet.

mumbai Updated: Feb 16, 2010 01:24 IST
HT Correspondent

The crime branch has questioned two persons in connection with a phone call made to lawyer Shahid Azmi’s office less than an hour before he was murdered. However, it has not led to a breakthrough yet.

Azmi (33) was shot dead by three unidentified persons at his Kurla office last week. Azmi was defending 26/11 accused Fahim Ansari.

Around 35 to 40 minutes before the firing, someone called at Azmi’s office, asking for the address. Azmi’s assistant, Saba Qureshi, had answered the call. It was earlier suspected that the call was made to check whether Azmi was in office.

On Monday, Joint Commissi-oner of Police (Crime) Rakesh Maria said the call was traced to Powai resident, Ejaz Sheikh. Ejaz and his friend, Liaquat Sheikh, a real estate agent from Powai, were questioned.

It turned out that Ejaz had met Azmi through Liaquat, at sessions court. Ejaz’s older brother, Rashid, is in the Thane Central Jail for allegedly committing a murder. Ejaz wanted Azmi to take up Rashid’s defence, and fixed an appointment with him.

However, since he did not know the location of Azmi’s office, he had called to ask for directions. “So far, there is nothing to suggest that they could be potential suspects,” said Maria.

Three men had entered Azmi’s office on February 11. One of them guarded the entrance as the others pumped four bullets into Azmi. The trio fled after the murder.