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Wife, in-laws kill gangster

Suspecting that Nada Taak tipped off the police about her mother and brother’s involvement in last year’s robbery at a jewellery shop in Vikhroli, Taak’s estranged wife and in-laws murder him in Thane; no arrests made.

india Updated: Jan 14, 2012 01:04 IST
Mohamed Thaver and Megha Pol
Mohamed Thaver and Megha Pol
Hindustan Times

Suspecting that he was acting as a police informer, 11 family members — including his wife and in-laws — allegedly stabbed and shot gangster Nada Singh Nagar Singh Taak dead at Shastri Nagar in Thane (West) on Thursday.

On Thursday, Nada Taak’s estranged wife Kirpal Kaur invited him and his nephew Sandeep to her residence in Thane. “Nada Taak was stabbed several times in the neck and three rounds were fired at him. Sandeep managed to flee. The Kaurs were to carry his body to the Yeoor fire range. But Sandeep raised an alarm. Fearing that people might gather, they left the body at the foot of Yeoor Hills,” said HC Kamble, assistant sub-inspector, Vikhroli police station.

The police have booked Kirpal Kaur, Jagansingh Kalani, Papasingh Kalani, Dilipsingh Kalani, Bobbysing Kalani, Tarasingh Kalani, Dharasingh Taak, Sikander Taak, Reena Kaur Taak, Lata Kaur taak and Zhumbar Kaur Taak. No arrests have been made in the case as all accused are absconding.

Nada Taak was the leader of the Shikalgar gang and had 70 cases registered against him. “Taak and his wife Kirpal got separated years ago. Recently, Kirpal’s brother, Gujrat Singh Kalani, 35, and their mother Suraj Kaur Kalani, 55, were arrested for their involvement in a case of dacoity. Kirpal’s family suspected that Nada Taak had tipped off the police and killed him to take revenge,” said Kamble.

The case of dacoity Kamble refers to dates back to May 2011. Valuables worth Rs77 lakh were robbed from Mangaldeep jewellers in Vikhroli (East).

Initial investigations did not lead to conclusive evidence. “The CCTV footage was not of much help as the accused were masked. However, when we observed the footage closely, we found that one of the accused had folded his hair in a turban,” said an officer from Vikhroli police requesting anonymity “Since Shikalkar gang members wear turbans, they were our prime suspects.” However, the investigations met with a dead-end then.

What put the Vikhroli police back on the fast track to solving the dacoity case was Nada Taak’s release from jail a month ago. “Taak found out that Gujrat was involved in the dacoity at at the shop. He is suspected to have tipped-off Vikhroli police,” said an officer from Vartak Nagar police station. “We interrogated Gujrat following the tip-off and he admitted to the dacoity. He had handed over the booty to his mother, Suraj, following which we arrested her.”

First Published: Jan 14, 2012 01:03 IST

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