Friday, April 13, 2012


Vijay Palande, accused in Arunkumar Tikku’s murder, is not the first undertrial gangster to have escaped from Mumbai police’s clutches. Here are some other infamous cases

Mateen Hafeez | TNN

Feroz Konkani: 1998
Dreaded contract killer and the main accused in BJP MLA Ramdas Nayak’s murder, Feroz Abudulla Sarguroh alias Feroz Konkani (24), escaped from J J Hospital on May 6, 1998, after two men on a bike barged into the hospital and opened fire at his police escort, injuring two policemen seriously. A head constable succumbed to his injuries.
Imran Mehndi: 2000
Gangster Imran Mehendi, said to be an expert in jumping from highrises, was
produced in Mazgaon court in 2000. Mehndi, who was suspected to be a conspirator in the case, was waiting outside the court room with cops when a biker appeared on the road outside. Seeing him, Mehndi jumped from the third floor of the court passage, and sped away. Mehndi was caught later and is currently in Aurangabad police’s custody.
Haneef Kaliya: 2009
Shivaji Nagar police have rearrested a 32-year-old robber who had escaped from
police custody inside Kurla court premises. The accused, Haneef Kaliya and his elder brother Majeed (35), were caught by Shivaji Nagar police on charges of robbery. The two were taken to the Kurla court, but Haneef managed to escape within 10 minutes of his arrival. Haneef is facing cases of robbery, extortion, rioting and attempt to murder. 

Sachin Khambe and Mangesh Narkar: 2010
Two high-profile gangsters managed to escape after throwing chilly powder at
policemen escorting them from Taloja jail in Navi Mumbai to Nashik central prison. Sources said Sachin Khambe and Mangesh Narkar were being taken to Nashik central prison from Nashik Road station in an autorickshaw when the incident took place. But the cops managed to nab Khambe three hours later.
Altaf Shaikh: Feb 2012
Arape convict ran away from J J Hospital amidst heavy police bandobast around on February 18 this year. Altaf Shaikh (27) was found guilty of rape in 2010 and was lodged in Kolhapur central jail. He was brought to
Mumbai recently for a cheating case’s hearing but complained of chest pain and vomitted blood. He was taken to J J Hospital, from where he managed to flee after a police officer went to collect his discharge papers from the hospital’s office. Shaikh was handcuffed to the hospital bed, but managed to wriggle out of them and slipped away. 
The Times of India, April 13, 2012

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