Abu Salem's aide who tried to 'fire at' Rakesh Roshan arrested

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New Delhi: A 35-year-old alleged sharp shooter associated with underworld don Abu Salem and wanted in cases related to fake currency, murder and extortion, including from actress Raveena Tandon's husband and Bollywood producer Anil Thadani, has been arrested by the Delhi police.

Jaan Usman Khan alias Reenu, was arrested on Saturday evening around 7.30 pm from ISBT following a tip off.

Abu Salem's aide arrested

A country-made pistol and three cartridges were recovered from him.

"He was living here in Tri Nagar area of Sarai Rohilla in north Delhi. He is having contacts in underworld and has been a shooter of underworld don Abu Salem. He is involved in cases of fake currency, extortion, murder in Delhi and Mumbai," Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Ravindra Yadav said.

During interrogation, Khan told police that he had gone to Mumbai in 1996 where one Waseem, a sharp shooter of Abu Salem gang and accused of murdering owner of T-Series Cassette and film producer Gulshan Kumar, introduced him to Abu Salem and he joined his gang.

Salem later introduced him to one Aftab Bhatki, who was running Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICN) racket from Dubai and Karachi. Khan joined the gang and began circulating FICN in India through Nepal and Bangladesh routes, but was arrested in Delhi in an FICN case in 2000.

After being released, he moved to Mumbai and started extorting money from people in Bollywood on the directions of Salem.

But he was arrested for an extortion bid on Thadani. Salem was later arrested in this case in 2006.

After his release from Mumbai jail, Khan came to Delhi and in 2010, he was again arrested under Arms Act at Kalyanpuri for carrying illicit arms and in a case of murder of a businessman in Vikaspuri. He along with Vinod Pandit had fired on a financier Hemant Birje.

After getting bail in these cases, he never appeared in the courts to face trial and was declared proclaimed offender in three cases.

Khan also told police that he had fired upon singer Daler Mehndi and film producer Rakesh Roshan on the directions of Salem for extorting protection money.


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