A special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) court today extended till July 26 the police custody of 11 persons arrested in connection with the murder of Farid Tanasha, a close aide of gangster Chhota Rajan.
The court extended the remand after the prosecution sought further custodial interrogation to ascertain the whereabouts of the two wanted accused in the case.
"Investigations have revealed that one of the wanted accused is lodged in a UP jail in connection with another case. We are trying to find out the whereabouts of the other wanted accused," public prosecutor Dilip Shah said.
All the 11 accused, including two builders, a hotelier and a 'hawala' operator, were booked under stringent provisions of the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) last week.
According to the crime branch, rival gangster Bharat Nepali had paid a contract sum of Rs 9 lakh to the arrested accused to gun down Tanasha.
Three of the accused, Zaffar Razi Aslam Khan, Mohammad Saquib Khan and Ravi Prakash Sirumani (all shooters), have more than two chargesheets filed against them.
On June 2, Tanasha was shot dead by sharp shooters at his residence in suburban Tilak Nagar.