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'D-Company coaxed Malabari to kill Varun'

Vicky Nanjappa | April 03, 2009 15:45 IST
Last Updated: April 03, 2009 15:48 IST

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Rashid Malabari's interrogation has revealed that the D-Company wanted to eliminate Varun Gandhi [Images] with the help of henchmen from Ghaziabad. Sources told Malabari said Chotta Shakeel promised to arrange for men and also an AK-47 rifle from Ghaziabad to carry out the task.

The telephonic intercepts between Malabari and Shakeel also indicate that the man was reluctant at first to carry out the assassination.

He told Shakeel that the security around Varun is too much and it could be highly dangerous to carry out the assassination. However, Shakeel coaxed him and said it is necessary that they carry out the assassination.

Plot against Alva:

The interrogation revealed that his association with the dreaded D-Company  goes back 18 years. The interrogation of this man against whom a look-out notice was issued nine years ago further revealed that he plotted to kill JD(S) leader, the late Jivraj Alva in Bangalore in 1991.

Malabari came down to Bangalore on a specific mission to extort money out of Alva in 1991. The plan was hatched and the idea was to make a call from a booth to Alva and demand money. However, the plan went haywire thanks to Malabari's lack of patience. Malabari had a verbal duel with another customer who was taking a long time to complete his call.

The fight turned ugly and Malabari fired in the air. A crowd gathered and Malabari and his two associates Salaluddin and Masthan Chand Sheikh fled the scene. The trio then went to Mumbai [Images] and then flew to Saudi Arabia.

Investigating officials say that the association with the D-Company is nearly 18 years old. He has gone on to become a very trusted aide of Dawood and later Chota Shakeel and was used in various important assignment, including the assassination of Chotta Rajan in Bangkok which eventually failed.

While Rashid remained low key for a considerable period of time following the Rajan incident, he was sent back to India to set up base in Mangalore and Uttar Pradesh [Images]. Until he set up base his job was to conduct a recee of various places and also list of numbers of top persons from whom they could extort money. Rashid had made a list of potential persons and passed on the list to Pakistan.

He was told not to make the calls himself and instead pass on the information to his bosses in Pakistan who in turn would make the calls to extort money.

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