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Thousands bid farewell to Shahid Azmi
Mumbai: Three people were arrested here Tuesday for
the killing of lawyer Shahid Azmi, who was defending Faheem Ansari,
one of the accused in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks trial,
The crime branch of the
Mumbai Police arrested three people - Devendra Baburao Jagtap (28),
Pintu Deendra Dhagle (25) and Vinod Yeshwant Vidhate (32) - in
connection with what was the contract killing, Joint Police
Commissioner (Crime) Rakesh Maria said here.
The three men had taken
a contract of Rs.100,000 to kill Azmi and Jagtap was the main
executor of the plan, he said.
"The contract (supari)
to eliminate Azmi was given by Bharat Nepali and Vijay Shetty alias
Bala. Nepali, wanted in nearly 17 serious offences, is a former
associate of the absconding mafia don Chhota Rajan's gang," Maria
was shot at close range February 11 in his Kurla office by three
assailants who came in an autorickshaw. He was rushed to a nearby
hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
While Jagtap and Dhagle
were among the three who fired at Azmi, a fourth associate, Hasmukh
Shankar Solanki alias Rohit, is absconding, Maria said.
"The motive behind
Azmi's killing is yet to be ascertained and we are further probing
the matter," he said.
acted as the link between the assailants and Nepali and had surveyed
Azmi's office twice between Feb 6 and Feb 11 and had collected the
contract money from Nepali and handed it to Jagtap, Maria said.
While Jagtap and
Solanki are history-sheeters, Vidhate, who has no criminal record,
worked as a data processing supervisor in a company at Nariman
Police also recovered
two 7.62 mm pistols, a 9mm pistol and mobile phones and are
contemplating charging the attackers under the severe Maharashtra
Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA).