Sunday, June 30, 2013

In 2011, cops foiled shooter’s daring attempt to flee court

Devendra Jagtap alias JD

Mateen Hafeez TNN

Mumbai: Devendra Jagtap alias JD, who fired two rounds at underworld don Abu Salem, had planned his own escape from the sessions court two years ago. Two of Jagtap’s aides, who were armed with weapons had entered the court in April 2011, had been nabbed before they could execute their plan.
    “Jagtap had hatched a plot on the lines of Feroz Kokni’s escape from J J Hospital in 1999,” said a police officer. Feroz Sargurouh alias Feroz Kokni, a shooter for the D-gang, was arrested by the city crime branch in connection with the murder of BJP leader Ramdas Nayak in 1995. 

    While Kokni was being taken to hospital along with another accused, Salim Beg, for a check-up his aidesfired at the cops escorting the
two. Constable B D Kardile was killed in the firing and another died later. Kokni headed for Sandhurst Road station on a bike and later fled to Dubai via Nepal. Investigators found that Kokni’s father, Abdullah, had put the escape plan together. Abdullah and his two sons, sub-inspector Satish Gawte and constable Surya Sawant were arrested for aiding and abetting Kokni’s flight. Zahoor Markanda, an aide of Kokani who helped him escape on the bike, was killed in a police encounter. 

In Jagtap’s case, his accomplices, Karan alias Munna and Shetty, were intercepted by the police. “A loaded pistol was recovered from them,” said
an officer. The two used to work for slain gangster Bharat Nepali. Jagtap has around six cases against him, including three murders. He was arrested in 2010 for killing advocate Shahid Azmi, at the behest of Bharat Nepali.

The Times of India, June 30, 2013

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