The prime accused in the Pakmodia street shootout in which the bodyguard of Iqbal Kaskar — brother of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim — was killed, were arrested by the Mumbai police on Thursday.
“Shaikh Umed Ur Rehman Ishrat Hussain, 27 and Asif Shaikh Jaan Mohammed, 42, were picked up from Goa. We have recovered 11 mobile phones from them,” said Himanshu Roy, joint commissioner of police (crime), adding that Umed is the prime accused in the case and Mohammed is the co-conspirator.
Kaskar’s bodyguard Arif Zaveri’s was killed at Pakmodia Street on May 17. The incident sent shockwaves through the city as it took place in the heart of D-gang’s stronghold.
The police, however, later clarified that Kaskar was never a target of the attack and hinted at a property dispute that could have led to the murder. Umed had fled the city with his wife and mother a day after the murder.
“Umed had few more murders planned. He had identified the targets and had also carried out the recce for the same. With his arrest we have prevented several such attacks,” Roy said, refusing to disclose details about the attacks.
The police arrested two shooters, Indrabahadur Khatri and Syed Bilal Mustafa, immediately after the shootout. The crime branch arrested two more persons a few days later.
Umed and Mohammed will be produced in court on Saturday. “We need to investigate further in the case,” said Roy. “Umed is one the main shooters from the Chhota Rajan gang. We will invoke the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) in this case,” he added.