Gujarat ATS arrests man despatched by Chhota Shakeel to kill BJP leaders

Ahmedabad, August 19

The Gujarat Anti-Terrorist Squad has arrested a ‘sharp shooter’ who was allegedly despatched right here by gangster Chhota Shakeel to kill BJP leaders, Gujarat Minister of State for Home Pradeepsinh Jadeja stated on Wednesday.

Search is underway for an confederate of the accused, Jadeja advised reporters in Gandhinagar.

Since preliminary investigation revealed that BJP chief and former Gujarat Home Minister Gordhan Zadafia was one of many targets, Jadeja stated he has requested the state director normal of police to beef up Zadafia’s safety.

“Based on a tip-off that Chhota Shakeel sent two men to kill BJP leaders, the ATS team raided a hotel on Relief Road in Ahmedabad late Tuesday night. The accused fired one round at the team when police tried to catch him,” Jadeja advised reporters in Gandhinagar.

The accused has been recognized as Irfan Shaikh, 23, a resident of Chembur in Mumbai, an ATS officer stated.

“The ATS found Zadafia’s information in the mobile phone of the arrested person. A video of the state BJP headquarters ‘Kamalam’ was also found in it,” Jadeja stated.

Search is on for his confederate, who was not current on the spot when the police raided the place, he stated.

Shaikh, who landed right here on Tuesday morning, was staying in a resort on Relief Road in Ahmedabad.

He fired one spherical on the ATS staff through the late night time operation following which he was nabbed, a senior ATS official stated, including that two pistols had been recovered from his possession.

After checking within the resort on Tuesday morning, Shaikh first went to Gandhinagar to conduct a recce of the state BJP headquarters, one other official stated.

“He came back to the hotel after making a video of the BJP office from outside. He was waiting for his accomplice when we raided his room. We have learnt that the accused was in contact with his handler, whose location is unknown,” the official added.

Meanwhile, speaking to reporters in Gir Somnath district, Zadafia stated he was knowledgeable within the morning {that a} man was despatched to kill him.

“Pradeepsinh informed me in the morning that a sharp shooter has been caught before he could harm me. Such attempts were made in the past too. I am not worried because the state government is taking necessary steps for my security,” stated Zadafia, who was Gujarat’s Minister of State for Home through the 2002 Godhra riots.

He is at the moment on a four-day tour of the Saurashtra area with state BJP chief CR Paatil. PTI

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