Wahid murder case trial begins

MUMBAI, JUNE 16. The trial in the case of murder of Wahid Ali Khan, former president of the Bombay Aman Committee, commenced amid tight security before a special court here today with the prosecution examining an eye witness to the crime.

Wahid was gunned down in broad daylight allegedly by Chhota Shakeel gangsters at Swastik Chambers on Carnac Bunder Road on July 23, 1999. He headed the Bombay Aman Committee, a social organisation fighting for the rights of minorities.

Ashraf Siddiqui, a sharp shooter of Chhota Shakeel gang, who had executed the killing, is wanted by the police. Chhota Shakeel is also shown as an absconding accused and is charged with hatching the conspiracy to kill Wahid Ali Khan.

Two associates of Ashraf, Ayub Shaikh and Issac Attaashraf Siddiqui, have been arrested under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA). They were accompanying the assassin at the scene of offence.

The star witness, during examination-in-chief by public prosecutor, Ms. Rohini Salian, described the incident in detail and identified accused Issac Attaashraf Siddiqui in the court.

The accused were brought to the court amidst tight security. The witness also has been given police protection and his identity kept a secret.