The Gujarat ATS has arrested a Mumbai resident in connection with the plot to kill former Gujarat Home Minister Gordhan Zadaphia. Media reports said Shivesh Kharade, 23, a resident of Chembur in Mumbai was picked up by the Gujarat ATS and formally charged in Ahmedabad on Wednesday.
Media reports said Kharade is believed to have provided the pistol that the two sharpshooters were carrying. A joint team of the Crime Branch and the Gujarat ATS had nabbed one Irfan Sheikh from a room of Hotel Vinus in Relief Road.
Sheikh’s accomplice had managed to escape but Sheikh was nabbed. It was revealed that Sheikh, a member of the Chhota Shakeel gang, had been given the contract to kill Zadaphia.
Sheikh had later tested positive for COVID-19. Police also suspect that Kharade is the one who arranged the logistics to help Sheikh and his accomplice reach Ahmedabad.
What has investigations revealed so far
Muna Jhingada, the man who fired at underworld don Chhota Rajan in Bangkok, is believed to be behind the plan to kill BJP’s Gordhan Zadaphia, investigations revealed.
The ATS also found that Jhingada is in Pakistan and the conspiracy to kill Gordhan Zadaphia was planned there. The ATS has also detained five people who allegedly provided Sheikhwith weapons to carry out the killings.
Four of the detained belong to Maharashtra while one belongs to Karnataka.
ATS team working on case tested positive for COVID-19
As many as 10 Gujarat ATS team members who are part of the probe into the alleged attempt to kill BJP leader Gordhan Zadaphia had earlier tested positive for COVID-19.
Media reports had quoted ATS Assistant Commissioner of Police KK Patel as saying that so far 10 ATS personnel involved in the investigation have tested positive.
Among those who tested positive were an inspector, a sub-inspector, constables and clerks. Over 12 other ATS staff members, including senior officials, were put under quarantine too.
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