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Chhota Rajan convicted for attempt to murder hotelier

Chhota Rajan

Chhota Rajan  

Gangster, along with five others, sent to jail for eight years

The city civil and sessions court on Tuesday convicted gangster Chhota Rajan and five others in a case of attempt to murder a city-based hotelier and builder B.R. Shetty in 2012.

In May last year, the same court awarded life imprisonment to Rajan for the murder of Mumbai-based journalist J. Dey.

Rajan is currently lodged in Tihar jail in Delhi after his deportation to India from Indonesia in October 2015.

Besides Rajan, the five others convicted are Nityanand Nayak, Selvin Daniel, Rohit Thangappan Joseph alias Satish Kalia, Dilip Upadhyay and Talvinder Singh.

All the accused have been sentenced to eight years rigorous imprisonment and fined ₹5 lakh each.

Mr. Shetty was shot at in Andheri by two motorcycle-borne shooters linked to Rajan in October 2012, when he was going to meet a friend. Mumbai Police’s Anti-Extortion Cell (AEC), which probed the case, had asserted that Rajan ordered his sharp shooters to eliminate Mr. Shetty.

Around 9.30 p.m., when he reached a prominent jewellery showroom, Upadhyay opened fire at Mr. Shetty injuring him on his right arm. The accused fled from the spot after the hotelier was rushed to the nearby Oshiwara police station from where he was admitted to a hospital.

Plot to murder

During the investigation the AEC arrested Nityanand Nayak, a property dealer from Dharavi area, who indicted Selvin Daniel, a brother of Satish Kalia.

Daniel’s arrest led the AEC to unravel the plot behind the firing. The arrests of Nayak and Daniel, also led the AEC team to Dilip Upadhyay and Talvinder Singh who were arrested from Jalandhar in Punjab.

Special public prosecutor Pradeep Gharat relied on call detail records and examined about 50 witnesses.

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