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Gangster Farid Tanasha murder: Mumbai court convicts 11; 6 get life imprisonment

Tanasha was killed at his home in Chembur over a dispute related to the redevelopment of a building in the area

mumbai Updated: May 31, 2018 11:20 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
Gangster Farid Tanasha murder,6 get life imprisonment,Mumbai crime
A TV grab showing Chhota Rajan aides Sunil Poddar (in red shirt) and Farid Tanasha (behind Poddar) at a party in a Chembur club.(File Photo)

A designated MCOCA (Maharashtra Control of Organised Crimes Act) court on Wednesday convicted 11 persons in connection with murder of Chhota Rajan gang-member Farid Tanasha.

Tanasha, a close aid of Chhota Rajan, was gunned down at his residence in Chembur on June 3, 2010. According to an eye witness and his wife Reshma, four assailants had entered their house when Tanasha was resting in his bed room. All the four barged into his room, shot him dead and ran away on bikes.

The designated MCOCA court on Wednesday convicted six persons, including the four assailants, namely Jafar Razi Alam Khan @ Abbass, Mohd Sakib Khan, Raviprakash Singh alias Twinkle, Pankaj Singh, Randhir Singh and Moh Rafiq Shaikh convicted for hatching a conspiracy and executed the plan to eliminate Tanasha at the behest of a builder. The builder had given a contract to kill Tanasha to underworld gangster Bharat Nepali. All the six have been sentenced to life imprisonment.

According to the prosecution, Tanasha’s broad day-light murder was a case of contract killing. The contract was given by Dattatraya Bhakare, a builder who was redeveloping a property at Chembur. Some of the members of the co-operative housing society whose property was being redeveloped, had objections to the redevelopment and they had approached Tanasha for help.

Bhakare, according to prosecution, did not approve of Tanasha’s interference and approached gangster Bharat Nepali and Vijay Shetty to eliminate Tanasha. Bhakare purportedly paid them sum of Rs 90lakh to get the Chhota Rajan gang-member eliminated.

Nepali and Abbass allegedly had arranged for shooters and weapons. Khan, Twinkle, Pankaj and Randhir entered Tanasha’s house and shot him dead, the prosecution claimed. It also claimed that Shaikh had helped the four with details of interior of the building where Tanasha stayed and on how to enter the house.

Bhakare had, however, claimed that he had amicably settled the dispute with the society members, much before Tanasha’s killing. But, special public prosecutor Raja Thakare pointed out that the builder had transferred Rs 90 lakhs to Nepali and Shetty, and the defence had no explanation for the same.

Bhakare, however, has not been convicted for conspiracy and instead convicted for just being a member of an organised crime syndicate like four others - Ravindra Varerkar, Vishwanath Shetty, Rajendra Chavan amd Dinesh Bhandari. All the five have been sentenced to ten years in prison.

First Published: May 30, 2018 17:21 IST