Sharpshooter Farid Tanasha, an aide of underworld don Chhota Rajan, was shot dead at his residence in suburban Tilak Nagar on June 2, 2010. A MOCOCA court convicted 11 persons for the daylight killing of gangster Farid Tanasha and sentenced six to life imprisonment. According to the prosecution, the six convicts - Jafar Khan, Mohammad Sakib Khan, Raviprakash Singh, Pankaj Singh, Randhir Singh and Mohd Rafiq Shaikh executed the murder plan at the behest of gangster Bharat Nepali. The other five - Ravindra Varerkar, Vishwanath Sethy, Dattatraya Bhakre, Rajendra Chavan and Dinesh Bhandari got sentenced to ten years in jail
In February 2017, Reshma, the wife of murdered gangster Farid Tanasha, deposed before a special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) court. She identified the two suspects as the shooters who had entered the house and shot dead Farid Tanasha in 2010. Reshma told the court that when she married Tanasha in 2002, he had told her that there was a threat to his life in Mumbai and they moved to their ground floor Tilak Nagar home in 2009 with heavy security in place.
According to Reshma, the house in Tilak Nagar had two doors, and there were five dogs guarding the house. He also had a gunman along with 7-8 other henchmen who always accompanied him when he stepped out of his house. Reshma added, "If anyone wanted to meet Farid, they would come from the back door where they were first questioned by the boys, who would then take permission from Farid before letting them in."
Talking in detail about the night Tanasha was killed, Reshma told the court that he came home at 8.30 pm with his bodyguard Zuber, he instructed his henchmen to come in early for the next few days as he had to go to the hospital. "After Zuber left, I saw that the door was still open so I asked Satya (a member of Farid's gang) to shut it, but didn't go back to check."
"My daughter, Farid and I were in the bedroom when I saw the attackers. As soon as they entered the house," she said, "they started firing. I was in shock at the sight of so much blood and started screaming. As they were running away, I came out with my daughter and followed them till the lift, but they managed to get away. I could not even bring myself to touch Farid who was bleeding heavily. I had never before seen those two shooters."
Reshma then claims that she called Zuber, who in turn informed the police control room and an hour later, cops came and told her that Farid has passed away. Reshma said she recorded her statement the same night. The case is further adjourned and Reshma's examination was concluded
Later during an identification parade on August 8, 2010, at Taloja jail, Reshma identified her husband killers - Mohd Sakib Khan and Randhir Ashok Singh alias Nikhil - from the lot. While recalling the chain of events, Reshma walked up to the dock, where Khan and Singh were standing, and identified them as the shooters. After her statement was recorded, Special Public Prosecutor Raja Thakare asked for police protection for Reshma. Special Judge V V Patil granted permission for this. Reshma was the 53rd witness whose statement was recorded in court
In October 2016, the bodyguard of Tanasha, who is also a prime witness in his murder case, was attacked by a group at Shivaji Nagar in Govandi. When a police constable deputed for his protection intervened, he was brutally assaulted as well. The bodyguard told the cops that he feared for his life and that people associated with Zaffar Razi Aslam Khan alias Abbas, an arrested accused attacked him. The Shivaji Nagar police registered a case of assault. The incident occurred when the witness, who owns a gas agency, was on his way to work, riding in a tempo
Soon after Tanasha’s shootout, local gangsters claimed the murder was the handiwork of Bharat Nepali, who had a fallout with the Rajan gang and Chhota Shakeel, a close lieutenant of Dawood Ibrahim. Tanasha had earlier told mid-day that he was one of the main architects of the murder of Nepal's member of Parliament, Mirza Dilshad Baig who was killed in Kathmandu in 1998. Following the death of Rajan's most-trusted lieutenant, Balu Dokre, Tanasha, who was the gang's de facto chief in Mumbai, supervised its day-to-day operations and its network across the country. Tanasha operated from his apartment in building 71 in Tilak Nagar, not far from where he was born. (In pic: Chhota Rajan)
"My only desire is to gun down Dawood," is what Farid Tanasha had told the paper in an interview. He had led several teams to plan the killing of rival gangster Dawood Ibrahim at his Karachi hideout.
The building compound, where Tanasha resided, was guarded by police-trained dogs and 10 private guards. In his earlier interview, Tanasha had said he would rather deploy canines for his security than have human beings guard him. Tanasha was wanted in various cases of murder, attempt to murder, extortion and robbery. He was arrested in 2005 in Delhi and was granted bail in 2008
A special MCOCA court in Mumbai on May 30 convicted 11 people in connection with the murder of gangster Farid Tanasha, an aide of underworld don Chhota Rajan, and awarded life imprisonment to six of them. Here’s the inside story of the chilling murder
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