After arresting two persons identified as Mohammed Mahir Siddiqui (30) and Akhtar Khan (35) on September 3, who were allegedly ordered by fugitive gangster Chhota Shakeel to kill gangster Ravi Mallesh Vora alias D K Rao and another aide of rival gangster Chhota Rajan, the Mumbai Police Crime Branch Saturday arrested a third accused in the case from Himachal Pradesh.
Identified as Ajmatullah Anwar Ul Haq Khan (35), a CB official said he had tasked Siddiqui and Akhtar with the job and provided then arms and ammunition. The police said previously arrested duo were to kill Rao, who is lodged in judicial custody, during one of his visits on the premises of a court.
“Ajmatullah mostly deals in scrap in Dharavi and hails from Himachal Pradesh. He was handling earlier arrested accused Siddiqui and Akhtar, who were to execute plans of fugitive gangster Chhota Shaqeel,” said Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Sadanand Date.
“The joint teams of anti-extortion cell (AEC) and crime intelligence unit (CIU) are investigating the case. Recently, we had received some information about Ajmatullah and an AEC team nabbed him on Saturday. After questioning, he admitted to his role in the plan to kill D K Rao,” a senior officer said.
“Ajmatullah provided arms and ammunition to the duo arrested earlier. During interrogation, it was found that Ajamtullah had paid Rs1 lakh to facilitate Siddiqui’s release, and later started demanding money. Siddiqui was helped financially by Ajmatullah when former was in Lucknow jail. Later, Ajmatullah had sent Siddiqui to Mumbai and asked him to be in touch with Akhtar Khan. They were asked to eliminate the rival gangster,”said an officer.