The Mumbai Police Crime Branch on Wednesday arrested two men who were allegedly tasked by wanted fugitive Shakeel Babumiya Sheikh alias Chhota Shakeel to kill Ravi Mallesh Vora alias D K Rao, as well as another member of the Chhota Rajan gang. Officers said Rao, who is at present in judicial custody, was to be killed while being produced in court. According to crime branch officers, the two arrested accused have been identified as Mohammed Mahir Siddiqui (30) and Akhtar Khan (35).
“We had received some information that Chhota Shakeel gang members were trying to attack a rival gangster at a court in Mumbai. On further investigation, we found that the two men were also planning an attack on another member of the same gang in the eastern suburbs of the city. Joint teams of the Anti-Extortion Cell and the Crime Intelligence Unit took the two accused into custody from Shahu Nagar,” said Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Sadanand Date.
Sources have confirmed that the first target, who was supposed to be killed at the sessions court was D K Rao. Date added that a .32 bore revolver and four live rounds were seized from the possession of the accused.
“Siddiqui was earlier arrested by the Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorism Squad in a fake passport case and spent four years in jail. He was released in February, following which he came to Mumbai in April. Khan is originally from Mumbai and the duo were staying in his Shahu Nagar residence,” said a crime branch officer.
Both the accused have been remanded in police custody till September 9. Chhota Shakeel is a top aide of wanted fugitive Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar, while Rao is an aide of Kaskar’s rival Chhota Rajan. Shakeel is alleged to have planned the attack on Rajan in Bangkok in 2000.