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Blast arrest shot at abducted shoe baron

Arrested Mumbai criminal Mohammad Nur Sheikh is turning out to be a key player in the kidnap of Khadim’s vice-chairman Parthapratim Roy Burman, according to initial investigations by the crime branch of Mumbai Police. The Criminal Investigation Department (CID), quoting Mumbai crime branch officers, said Sheikh told interrogators that he had shot Roy Burman for resisting attempts to drag him out of his vehicle.

Mumbai police said Sheikh had accompanied Roy Burman to the Haroa hideout from Tiljala. He then left for Mumbai, on instructions from Asif Reza Khan, who had joined them in the Haroa house. Roy Burman was kidnapped on July 25 at 11.30 am from near his factory in Tiljala.

Crime branch officers arrested Sheikh, accused in the Mumbai blasts case, from Malad on Friday. Deputy commissioner of police (crime branch) Pradeep Sawant, additional commissioner Rakesh Maria and joint commissioner Satyapal Singh interrogated him over the past 48 hours.

Speaking to Metro over phone, Mumbai crime branch senior inspector Pradeep Sharma said Sheikh had been booked under the Prevention of Organised Crime Act and had confessed his role in the Khadim’s kidnap.

Additional director-general of police (CID) Ranjit Mohanty, quoting Mumbai police, said Sheikh had several aliases, like Nur Ahmed, Shahbaz and Aurangzeb. “Our officers will shortly interrogate Aftab Ansari in Presidency jail to crosscheck Sheikh’s versions,’’ he added.

Inspector-general of police (CID) R.K. Johri said Ansari had recruited Sheikh for the kidnap for a fee of Rs 1.25 lakh.

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