A sessions court on Friday sent Abdul Rauf Merchant, a convict in the music baron Gulshan Kumar murder case who absconded after jumping parole in 2009, to Arthur Road jail in Mumbai following his re-arrest from Indo-Bangladesh border. Merchant, an aide of fugitive gangster Dawood Ibrahim, was released from a prison in Bangladesh on Monday. Border Security Force arrested him from the border in Meghalaya and informed Mumbai Police, which brought him in Mumbai.
He was first produced before the high court, and on the high court’s direction, Merchant was produced before a sessions court in Mumbai, said a Mumbai crime branch official. The sessions court ordered that he be sent to Arthur Road jail in the city. Merchant was arrested in the music baron Gulshan Kumar murder case and sentenced to life imprisonment in 1997. While in Aurangabad jail, he absconded after being released on parole in 2009. A resident of Mumbra township of Thane, Merchant fled to Bangladesh. He, however, was arrested in Bangladesh for illegal entry and carrying fake travel documents.
“BSF officials had contacted us regarding Merchant. We sent our team and arrested him. On court’s order, we have sent him to Arthur Road jail today. Now the jail authorities will decide which jail he should be kept in for completion of his sentence,” Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Sanjay Saxena said.