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Murder of BJP leaders in Bharuch: Javed Chikna’s brother, aide arrested

The brother of fugitive underworld don Javed Patel alias Chikna and one his accomplices were arrested from Gorakhpur near the Indo-Nepal border by Gujarat Police on Wednesday. Abid Dawood Patel, wanted in connection with the murder of two BJP leaders in Bharuch in November, and his associate Salim Ganchi were nabbed by a joint team […]

The brother of fugitive underworld don Javed Patel alias Chikna and one his accomplices were arrested from Gorakhpur near the Indo-Nepal border by Gujarat Police on Wednesday.

Abid Dawood Patel, wanted in connection with the murder of two BJP leaders in Bharuch in November, and his associate Salim Ganchi were nabbed by a joint team of the Gujarat Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) and the Detection of Crime Branch (DCB), Ahmedabad. Abid is said to be holding UK citizenship.

The Patel brothers, according to police, have links with underworld dons Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar and Chhota Shakeel.

“We have arrested them from Gorakhpur (Uttar Pradesh) in a joint operation,” said Gujarat Director General of Police P C Thakur. He refused to give more information about the operation.

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Abid is considered to be a big catch. He allegedly planned the double murder in a bid to “avenge atrocities on Muslims”. Ganchi, who is said to be from Mumbai, was helping Abid escape the country, police said.

Gujarat Police had sought an NIA probe into the murder of Shirish Bangali (60), former president of BJP’s Bharuch unit, and Pragnesh Mistry (32), a general secretary with the party’s youth wing, citing links between the Patel brothers, Chhota Shakeel and Dawood Ibrahim.

First published on: 03-12-2015 at 02:12:29 am
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