|BEATEN UP: Vicky Malhotra (left), a key associate of Chhota Rajan, was assaulted by gangsters in Thane jail. Malhotra was arrested by Mumbai’s Crime Branch in New Delhi after an attempt to kill don Dawood Ibrahim during his daughter’s wedding in 2005 |
Panic gripped inmates of Thane Jail yesterday after Viju, a gangster who broke away from Chhota Rajan recently and is now believed to have joined rival Bunty Pandey, assaulted key Rajan associate Vicky Malhotra inside the jail around 3 am. Gangsters Kadir Mohammed Sayed and Barkiya joined Viju in attacking Malhotra in barrack number 1 of the jail.
The men did not stop fighting till prison guards moved in.All three men were transferred to Nashik Jail yesterday following the fight.
This correspondent spoke to Viju’s father Vasant Kedare, who feared his son would be eliminated in a staged encounter. “They will kill Viju because he crossed swords with the Chhota Rajan gang. About Rs 11 lakh has been distributed to carry out the killing,” said Kedare. All Deputy Inspector of Police (prison) S P Yadav would say before disconnecting the phone is, “Nothing of the sort happened. Even DCP (crime)
Devan Bharti was asking about the attack in Thane jail.”
Vicky and his associate Farid Tanashah were arrested by Mumbai’s Crime Branch in New Delhi after a botched attempt to kill don Dawood Ibrahim, during his daughter’s marriage in 2005 and have been in jail since then.