Abu Salem at NMMC Hospital, Vashi, on Thursday night
Mumbai: A Bharat Nepali gang member, Devendra Jagtap, alias JD, fired a round on extradited gangster Abu Salem on the Taloja Jail premises late on Thursday. Salem was hit on the arm and was taken to hospital. The Kharghar police are probing how Jagtap managed to get hold of a firearm inside the jail.
Sources said Salem was recently shifted from the highly guarded ‘anda cell’ to the general barracks. “Jagtap pulled out a revolver and fired at Salem after a heated argument. It seems to be a supari case,” said a source. Dawood Ibrahim’s lieutenant Chhota Shakeel has claimed responsibility for the attack on Salem.
D-Gang behind attack, TOI told
India’s most wanted criminal Dawood Ibrahim is behind the attack on Abul Salem. His right-hand man Chhota Shakeel said so in an exclusive phone conversation with TOI on Thursday night. Jagtap is an accused in the killing of Chhota Rajan’s key man Farid Tanasha in Chembur in 2010. Originally from Mulund, Jagtap is involved in at least half a dozen cases. He joined the underworld with the Chhota Rajan gang, but shifted loyalties to the Nepali gang.
“Salem’s statement is being recorded; Jagtap has been taken into custody by the Khargar police for attempt to murder. We are yet to reach a conclusion on what sparked the fight,” said an officer. Salem’s condition is said to be stable.
Salem was transferred from Mumbai’s Arthur Road jail to Taloja in July 2010 after he fought with 1993 Mumbai blasts accused Mustafa Dossa, who is considered to be an unchallenged don in jails. Dosa had beaten up Salem and his cronies.
Inputs by S Ahmed Ali
PAST ATTACK ON SALEM
On July 25, 2010, Salem was assaulted by 1993 blasts accused Mustafa Dossa inside Arthur Road jail. Accusing Salem of ratting on him to the jail authorities, Dossa had attacked the gangster with a sharpened knife
BIG NAMES BEHIND BARS Situated 50km from Mumbai, the Taloja jail is home to several high-profile prisoners, including murder convict Arun Gawli, Chhota Rajan gang member D K Rao, D-gang’s deported member Riyaz Siddiqui, extradited gangster Abu Salem, 10 members of Abhinav Bharat gang, suspected to be involved in the 2008 Malegaon blast, more than 30 accused in the 2006 Aurangabad arms haul case, 5 accused in the 13/7 Mumbai blasts case and more than 20 members of Indian Mujahideen
The Times of India, June 28, 2013