The police have released a photograph of Anil Bheda, 51, the prime witness in the alleged fake encounter of Ramnarayan Gupta alias Lakhan bhaiya, in hope that they will receive some information on his whereabouts. Bheda is believed to have been kidnapped from his flat in Vashi on March 13.
Bheda’s wife, Aruna, had lodged a complaint with the Vashi police station on March 13, stating that there was no trace of her husband after he left home at 11am that day. The Vashi police registered a case of kidnapping against unidentified persons.
Bheda and Lakhan Bhaiya, who police claim was a Chhota Rajan gangster, had been allegedly picked up by the police on November 11, 2006, from Vashi. Gupta was killed at Nana-Nani Park in Versova, in what the police claim was an encounter headed by dismissed encounter specialist, Pradeep Sharma.
Following a complaint by Ramnarayan Gupta’s brother, Sharma and 21 others were arrested and charges were framed against them.