At 5’4”, Umaid Ishrat Sheikh may not seem tall and imposing, but the 27-year-old has proved himself to be a hardened mobster and the brain behind several audacious killings across the city, including the murder of Arif Zaveri, driver of Dawood Ibrahim’s brother Iqbal Kaskar, on Tuesday.
The shootout happened at Dambarwalla Mansion on Pakmodia Street, where Kaskar lives; the headquarters of the D-company.
The architect behind this attack, Umaid, who hails from Nagpada himself, has become Chhota Rajan’s close aide and monitors the don’s interests in south Mumbai, said sources in the crime branch.
“Umaid was a rather unknown commodity in the underworld till 2005,” said a crime branch officer, requesting anonymity.
But after Chhota Rajan’s failed attempt to infiltrate arms through the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) in 2005, Umaid became a prominent figure.
Umaid ran out of luck when the DN Nagar police arrested him for a murder case in 2006, but Umaid he got bail as he was not directly involved, and returned to the underworld activities with a vengeance.
The photograph printed with this HT report is Umaid’s only photograph with the police and was taken at the DN Nagar police station.
The first big killing carried out under Umaid’s direction was the sensational Kala Ghoda shootout on October 16, 2006, where he got rival gangsters Amjad Khan, 40, and Himanshu Chowdhary, 25, eliminated in daylight.
Umaid’s involvement came to light when the police interrogated Zafar Khan and Osama Khan, the two shooters arrested in the case.
After this, for nearly three years, Umaid went underground and surfaced on February 13, 2010 with an attack on Asif Dadi, affiliated to Dawood Ibrahim’s gang.
Dadi was injured in the attack, while two of his accomplices, Shakeel Modak and Mohammed Qureshi, were shot dead.
This was soon followed by another attack, this time on Zahid Ghulam Hasan Mir alias Chhote Miyan on July 29, 2010. Around 9 pm, four men shot dead Chhote Miyan and his nephew Syed Arshad Hussain at a close range and fled in a cab. Chhote Miyan’s driver Abdul Qureshi and aide Jag Bhavan Pal were injured.