A police informer was stabbed to death by six people at Wadala on Tuesday evening.
According to police, the murder of Nazir Shaikh alias Nazir Dadhi, 38, — known to be an informant of several officers including late encounter specialist Vijay Salaskar —was a revenge for the tip-off given by Shaikh to the police five years ago. The tip-off had led to an encounter.
Two persons have been arrested in the case so far.
The incident took place on Tuesday around 5pm when Shaikh, a Powai resident, along with a friend had gone to the transit camp area in Wadala to meet another friend. Shaikh and his friends were seated outside a friend’s house, when six people armed with knives reached the spot, said senior inspector NS Jadhav of Wadala Truck Terminal (TT) police station.
“Shaikh was stabbed several times after which they fled the spot. On being rushed to the local hospital, he was declared dead,” added Jadhav. Soon after the incident the police managed to arrest two of the accused identified as Kumar Devendra, 34, and Mani Naidu,24. Four others managed to flee. On interrogating the duo, the police found that the murder plan had been hatched by one Jaggya Nepali, to avenge the death of his brother Sarfya Gagan Nepali. Sarfya Gagan, who had a criminal record, had been killed in a police encountered in 2006 in Powai.
“Jaggya got to know that Shaikh had tipped off the police about Sarfya’s location. Jaggya who had been externed from the city, planned the killing after coming to city limits and executed it on Tuesday,” added Jadhav. Police added that Sarfya was also one of the accused in the murder of OP Singh, a former Chhota Rajan associate who was killed in the Nashik jail in 2002.