Mumbai: Chhota Rajan acquitted, two others sentenced to life in 2010 double murder case | Mumbai News – Times of India


MUMBAI: A special court on Monday convicted and sentenced two men to life imprisonment for the 2010 murders of two persons including a political worker.
The court, however, acquitted deported gangster Chhota Rajan aka Rajan Nikalje (64) and two others for lack of evidence. The motive was alleged to be rivalry between gangs of Rajan and Chhota Shakeel and the target was one Asif Dadhi, who escaped with injuries. Among those killed were Dadhi’s friends, Shakeel Modak (42) and Irfan Qureishi (50). Three others including Dadhi were injured.
Special judge AT Wankhede found the accused Mohammed Shaikh (34) and Pranay Rane (45) under sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Arms Act. The duo were awarded life sentences for each of the two murders. They have been in jail for over 11 years. Their sentences will be set off against the time spent in jail.
Among the 36 witnesses cited by special public prosecutor Pradeep Gharat to seek the conviction of the accused were also victims who were left injured in the shoot out. Dadhi deposed and recounted the incident.
It was the prosecution’s case that on February 13, 2010, at 8.15 pm, in front of Attari Masjid building four identified men fired at the victims and tried to kill them. The victims succumbed to the bullet injuries. Shaikh and Rane were the first to be arrested in November 2010.


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