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Externed criminal killed in Azad Maidan violence

Mohammad Umar Sheikh (22) who fell to police firing at Azad Maidan during Saturday’s mayhem was a resident of Garib Nagar in Bandra (E) and the father of a two-year-old.

Mohammad Umar Sheikh, Azad Maidan
Mayhem: Mohammad Umar Sheikh (inset) who died during police firing at Azad Maidan on Saturday was reportedly given tadipar notice thrice by cops. Pic/Atul Kamble

He was also an externed criminal and had several cases of rioting, assault and encroachment against him, cops say. The deceased was reportedly given tadipar notice thrice by police — the most recent one came this month.

Sheikh, who was allegedly shot in the neck, was one of two people killed in the violence, the other being a 17-year-old college student. Cops have claimed that the ruckus was pre-planned and many who had gathered at the venue had criminal antecedents.

A police source said Sheikh was notorious in the area and assisted his uncle Salim Sayyed, who operated the local encroachment mafia. Sayyed too has several criminal cases against him. In the most recent one a woman had died of electric shock in May, and Sayyed had been made the accused by the police since he was involved in illegal power tapping in the area.

Sayyed is currently externed after an order by Nirmal Nagar police. He was also arrested by Vakola police in a fake currency case. Around Rs 20 lakh of counterfeit cash was recovered. The other accused in the case were from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal.

Chequered history
Cases against Sheikh:
1] CR 249/04 under section 324, 323, 146, 147, 184, 149, 37[a] of IPC and 135 Mumbai police act
2] CR 20/10 under section 324, 323 and 34 of IPC
3] CR 180/11 under section 324, 323, 504, 507 of IPC
4] CR 258/11 under section 338, 34 of IPC

Twice Sheikh was charged under section 107 CRPC. Earlier this month police had issued Tadipaar notice against Sheikh but before any action could be taken he was killed.

*What the sections stand for
323 Punishment for voluntarily causing hurt
324 Voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means
146 Rioting
147 Punishment for rioting
149 Every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common object
184 Obstructing sale of property offered for sale by authority of public servant.
338 Causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others
504 Intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace
507 Criminal intimidation by an anonymous communication
34 Acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention
135 (Bombay Police Act) Provision to punish offences under section 37 of the Act, prohibiting assembly or procession 

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