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.
Chandigarh Chandigarh administrator Banwarilal Purohit on Wednesday gave in-principle approval for a synthetic running track at Sukhna Lake. UT adviser Dharam Pal, said, “The Chandigarh Heritage Conservation Committee had earlier given its go-ahead for the proposal. Next, the detailed plan and cost estimates will be prepared; and then, tenders will be floated for the project.” A UT official said the proposed track is part of the administration's efforts to give Sukhna Lake a major facelift.
The National Highway Authority of India has approved two over-bridges, which are likely to reduce travel time between Kalka and Zirakpur and alleviate traffic jams on the stretch by next year. NHAI has already floated tenders for the 60-m wide over-bridges, which will be constructed at a cost of ₹50 crore. It has invited bids for the “construction and site improvement of the four-lane national highway (NH-22) on the Zirakpur-Parwanoo junction.”
Fifteen students had a narrow escape after their school bus skidded into a waterlogged open drain in Daulat Singhwala village in Phabat area of Zirakpur. The bus, which was ferrying students of Blue Bird High School, Sector 16, Panchkula, was making way for another school bus when it skidded into the overflowing drain. The bus tilted in the drain, but passersby and parents were able to rescue the children through the driver's window.
Tricity residents woke up to heavy rainfall for the second time this month on Wednesday. Three people went missing after a taxi, shuttling two commuters, was swept away in a flashflood in the Patiala-Ki-Rao rivulet as the driver attempted to cross the causeway in Tanda Village near Nayagaon. The owner of the vehicle, Rakesh Kumar told the police that Gaurav had called him saying two people, travelling to Baddi, had booked his cab.
Chandigarh received 97mm rainfall between 6am and 8.30am, the heaviest rain in July since 2017, as per the India Meteorological Department. It received another 0.9mm of rainfall during the day. The maximum precipitation till 8.30am was recorded at the Sector 39 observatory (97mm), 49.2mm rain was recorded at the airport observatory, 77.5mm rain in Panchkula and 74.5 mm rain in Mohali.