The crime branch claims to have cracked the mystery behind two shootouts in the city with the arrest of two alleged henchmen of gangster Chhota Rajan on Wednesday. The third suspect is untraceable.
The three were allegedly involved in the shootout of Chhota Shakeel aide Zahid Ghulam Hassan Mir, alias Chote Miyan, last year as well as of the attack on Dawood Ibrahim aide Asif Dadhi in February this year.
Himanshu Roy, joint commissioner of police, crime, said Mohammadali Jaan Ahmad Sheikh, 28, a resident of Dongri and Pranay Manohar Rane, 35, a resident of Vasai, were arrested following protracted investigation.
Interestingly, the duo is on the payroll of the Chhota Rajan gang and earns Rs 30,000 each. A US made .38 bore revolver and four live rounds have been recovered from them.
According to the police, the absconding accused, who is from Dongri, is an old associate of Rajan and a key mafia manager in the city.
He is said to have been instrumental in selecting the targets, arranging the logistics and ordaining the killings.
The duo, Roy said, had first struck on July 29 last year when they gunned down Chote Miyan, 54.
Chote Miyan was fired at in the Arab Lane, opposite an under-construction building at Taj Towers at Nagpada. His nephew, Sayyed Arshad Abrar Hussain, was also killed in the incident.
On February 13 this year, the duo fired at Asif Dadhi in Bhendi Bazaar. Though Dadhi escaped with minor injuries, his friends, Shakeel Ibrahim Modak and Mohammad Irfan Qureshi, were killed.
Two more were injured.
Roy said police obtained leads about possible involvement of the Rajan gang in the shootouts while interrogating the two alleged Bharat Nepali aides who were arrested in connection with the murder of Farid Tanasha.