Firing on Shiv Sena leader: CID names Chhota Rajan as accused

The state Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has named fugitive gangster and underworld don Chhota Rajan as an accused in the alleged firing at Shiv Sena leader Ajay Bhosale in October 2009.

Two motorcycle-borne persons had allegedly opened fire at Bhosale's car in Koregaon Park area of the city on October 11, 2009, when the latter was on his Assembly poll campaign. Although Bhosale escaped unhurt, a bullet hit his driver Shakil Sayyad, injuring him.

The state CID identified the two assailants as Mohammed Saqib Shahnawaz Alam Khan (24) and Mohammed Rafiq Abdul Samad Shaikh alias Shankar, a resident of Chembur in Mumbai. Both had earlier been arrested by the Mumbai crime branch for their alleged role in the murder of gangster Farid Tanasha at his residence in Chembur in 2010. It is being probed whether these two shooters fired at Bhosale at the instance of Rajan.

The state CID had first arrested Khan in the case. Interrogation revealed that he and his aide Mohammed Rafiq Abdul Samad Shaikh alias Shankar followed Bhosale's car and opened fire on him. Shankar was lodged in Taloja jail after being arrested in the Tanasha murder case. A CID team, led by deputy superintendent Mahesh Thite, took Shankar's custody from the Taloja jail and produced him in the magistrate's court in Pune on Wednesday.

Judicial Magistrate S R Nimse remanded Shankar in police custody till July 8. CID also named Chhota Rajan and gangsters Vijay Shetty, Sanjay Yadav and Rajesh Yadav as accused in the case.

It may be recalled that CID had not named Rajan in the chargesheet it had filed in the case. So, Bhosale filed a petition in Bombay High Court, stating that CID's chargesheet didn't include the names of businessman S K Agarwal and gangster Chhota Rajan, who according to witnesses was involved in the case.

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