Panaji, Feb 15: Goa Police have arrested a Dawood Ibrahim gang member who was convicted in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case and involved in 18 other major crimes, including the JJ hospital shootout.
Shyam Kishor Garikapatti, originally from Pune and associated with the D-gang for the last two decades, was caught last night in Saligao village, about 10 km from Panaji, where he was hiding for the last eight years, Superintendent of Police Karthik Kashyap said.
A convict in the 1993 Mumbai serial bomb blasts case, Kishor had jumped parole in 2003 and since then had been on the run, Kashyap said.
He was living in Saligao for the last eight years on a fake identity. A pistol and a fake ID card were seized from his possession, he said. The gangster, known by his street name 'Black Scorpion', was also allegedly involved in the JJ hospital shootout in the early 90s involving the rival gangs of Dawood Ibrahim and Arun Gawli.
He was also allegedly involved in the attack on residents of Vadrai coastal village in Maharashtra on April 30, 1991, and several other murder cases, the SP said.
The D-gang had attacked the villagers in retaliation to their picking up the silver bars scattered in the sea from a capsized vessel hired by a smuggler. Kishor was in touch with D-gang leader Subhash Thakur during his stay in Goa, police said.
He had earlier been imprisoned under the stringent Terrorists and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act (TADA) in Maruti Jadhav murder case, police said.
The gangster was also wanted by Maharashtra's Vithalwadi police for murdering a person, they added.