Gangster Mustafa Dossa holds auditions in Mumbai court, his aide steals show with robbery
Mumbai’s underworld, its operations and the drama never fail to surprise. First, a gangster, who is also an undertrial in the 1993 serial blasts case, gets to hold “mini-auditions” when he comes for a hearing to the court.
A 19-year-old, along with two others, gets selected for the assignment in Dubai and is paid a token amount by the gangster’s aide. The same aide plans to rob the 19-year-old of the money by roping in two men to act as police officers.
The incident took place earlier this month, when Mustafa Dossa shortlisted three models, from the eight brought to the sessions court premises by coordinator Shivkumar Ghosalkar, for the modelling assignment for a jewellery shop at Dubai, said sources. “The 19-year-old girl did not know whom she was meeting,” said a senior police officer, adding she was to be paid Rs 4 lakh for the assignment.
On May 8, Dossa’s aide Khayyumuddin Sayyed, 26, paid Rs 1 lakh as token amount to the model. While on her way back, her cab was stopped at the TH Kataria Marg junction, Mahim, by two men, who claimed they belonged to the team of assistant inspector of crime branch named Shinde. “After asking her about why she was paid the money, the men told her she had met Dossa,” said the officer.
The men then took the cab to an isolated lane in Matunga, and threatened to prosecute her if she did not pay them Rs5 lakh. “The girl first called Ghosalkar, who did not respond. She then called Khayyumuddin, who reached the spot to intervene. Khayyumuddin promised the duo the model would pay them Rs5 lakh later, and gave them Rs1 lakh that she had received as the token amount. They also took away her mobile phone,” said the officer.
They then asked the model to collect her phone from the crime branch unit at Antop Hill. After a few days, the model went to the unit-4 office of the crime branch, only to learn the men were fake policemen who had cheated her.
The officers took her to Mahim police station and lodged an FIR against the trio, including Khayummudin. The FIR was later transferred to Shivaji Park police station.
While the crime branch arrested Khayummudin and Firoz Mustafa Khan alias Badi on May 15, other accused Mohammed Anwar Ansari was arrested by the Shivaji Park police on May 16.
Investigations revealed Khayyumuddin had tipped off friend Firoz, who was in need of money. The accused have been arrested for impersonating police officials, kidnapping and extortion.