Wednesday, September 22, 2010

‘Diesel don’ held for S Mumbai shooting

Sayyed Chand Madar (left) and Mohammed Ali Shaikh

S Ahmed Ali & Mateen Hafeez | TNN

Mumbai: Mohammed Ali Shaikh (48), who defected to the Congress from BSP a few months ago, was arrested along with six others on Tuesday in connection with the murder of businessman Sayyed Chand Madar on September 15.

“Chand had become a threat to Ali’s multi-crore diesel smuggling syndicate. According to our investigations, he hired hitmen who fired at Chand on P D’Mello Road last Wednesday. The private shipping owner died a day later,’’ officials said.

The modus operandi of the mafia was to buy diesel from foreign ships at a throwaway price and sell it to petrol pumps in the city. “This prompted Ali to hatch a conspiracy along with one Samad Ismail Deshmukh alias Salim to eliminate Madar. Incidentally, Salim too was affected by Chand’s entry in the illegal opera
tions,’’ investigators claimed.

Acting on a tip off, the officers of the property cell of the crime branch picked up Salim. “He was arrested by the customs for smuggling diesel. Salim was detained under Conservation of Foreign Exchange and Prevention of Smuggling Activities Act for nearly 10 months. He came out of detention in July. Madar had assured Salim in prison that he would get his seized diesel released from the Customs and help him secure freedom,’’ said Himanshu Roy, joint commissioner of police (crime).

“However, Madar double
crossed Salim and took over his business. This irked Salim who decided to take revenge. Soon after his release in July, he contacted Mohammed Ali—who was waiting to take on Madar as he had taken over the dock union consisting of about 10,000 workers—and both decided to kill the South mumbai businessman after Ramzan,’’ said Deven Bharti, additional commissioner of police.

“Ali gave a supari of Rs 3 lakh and a revolver to hitmen, some of them from UP, and instructed them to kill Madar,’’ an official said.

“The shooters were about to board a train on Monday when we nabbed them. We believe that the supari amount could be much bigger. We have just arrested the accused and now we will be producing them in the court on Wednesday.’’ said inspector Nandkumar Gopale.

The Victim
Madar, owner of Unique Shipping Management Service, was popularly known as the diesel king of the docks

According to investigators, his growing clout was making the oil mafia uncomfortable
He owned several barges and was into scrap, iron, and electronic goods trading. Between 1997 and 2007, Madar was arrested twice under the Conservation of Foreign Exchange and Prevention of Smuggling Activities Act, 1974

Sept 15 | 3 pm

56-year-old Sayyed Chand Madar goes to a restaurant on P D’Mello Road near GPO for lunch while his driver waits for him in a Scorpio

While he is returning, two youths on a black Pulsar appear out of nowhere and one of them fires two rounds at him. The duo speeds off towards Sewree taking the same stretch

Madar shifted to Bombay Hospital where he dies a day later

The Times of India, September 22, 2010