Mumbai, Feb 6 (UNI) A special TADA court today remanded Brijesh Singh alias Bhiru alias Arunkumar, a close aide to underworld don Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar, to police custody till February 21, in the J J shootout case of 1992.
Singh was arrested by the Delhi police on January 23 this year in an extortion case of 2007. After completion of the remand, the city police headed by Assistant Commissioner of Police Ashok Duraphe brought him to the city for his alleged involvement in J J Hospital Shoot out case.
Admist tight security arrangements, the accused was produced before TADA court Judge D U Mulla, who remanded him to police custody till February 21.
Special Public Prosecutor Rohini Salian said that on September 12, 1992, an AK 47 was used by the underworld don in J J hospital shootout to kill Shailesh Haldankar of Gawli gang who was admitted in the ward 18 of the hospital.
She further said in that firing around 500 empty cartridges were found at the spot and several other weapons like magazine, AK 47 were also recovered.
In the case, police had booked 31 persons, but it was gradually short-listed as some of them were killed in subsequent police encounters and in gang wars, Ms Salian said, adding, that during the trial she had lead the evidence against 14 absconding accused including Brijesh Singh.
The TADA court has already convicted three persons namely Subhash Singh Thakur, Surya Rao and Shyamkumar Garikar.
Subhash Singh Thakur, was awarded death penalty, but later it was converted into a life sentence till death by the Supreme Court while Surya Rao, was sentenced to seven years of rigorous imprisonment (RI) and Shyamkumar Garikar was sentenced to 10-year RI that was confirmed by the Apex Court, she added.
UNI ST/GS SR MSJ RN2011