Mumbai, Sept. 2 (PTI): A sharpshooter of the Pakistan-based underworld don Chhota Shakeel gang, sent to kill a city scribe, was gunned down in an encounter with police at Ghatkopar today.
Crime branch sources said Arif Ismail Javar alias Kalya, wanted in several cases including murders and kidnapping, was deputed to kill a city journalist of an English newspaper.
Joint commissioner of police Shridhar Waghel confirmed the threat to the journalist’s life, saying the idea was to threaten the media not to publish “uncomfortable” items about Shakeel.
Acting on a tip-off that Ismail would be arriving near Sunil Chemical Industries, police laid a trap in the vicinity, crime branch sources said. He was killed when police retorted to his fire.
On spotting arif, a police squad ordered him to surrender. The gangster, however, whipped his firearm and targettted the cpps.
Sensing imminent threat to their own lives and to pedestrians, cops opened fire injuring the gangster seriously. Arif was rushed to rajawadi hospital where he was declared dead, sources added. Police recovered .38 revolver and six cartridges from the spot.
Arif was wanted in the murder of former customs official faroque batatawala and underworld don amar naik aide sada sawant and the killing of haji mukhtar of dongri. He was also wanted in kidnapping case of a minor girl from gujarat. Pti ndn jd ssg pal 09022139 d