A 24-year-old man, alleged to be a ‘sharpshooter’ from Chhota Shakeel gang, was held in a joint operation by the Gujarat Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) and Ahmedabad Crime Branch in the early hours of Wednesday, after a brief round of firing by the accused.
According to officials, the accused Irfan alias Kalia Shaikh had come to Ahmedabad from Mumbai after he was allegedly given a supari (Contract) to kill a Bharatiya Janata Party senior leader Gordhan Zadaphia.
The firing incident took place inside a room at Hotel Vinus near Lal Darwaza around 2:30 am on Wednesday when a combined team of Gujarat ATS and Ahmedabad Detection of Crime Branch (DCB) had arrived to nab the accused.
Speaking to The Indian Express, Deepan Bhadran, senior superintendent of police, Crime Branch said, “ We are currently interrogating him and preliminary investigation of his mobile phone records has shown that he had pictures of BJP leaders and had also done recce of the BJP office. It is believed that he was working for the Chota Shakeel gang module and he had been given the contract to assassinate BJP leader Gordhan Zadaphia.”
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