Gangster’s kin fails to identify his killers

Aug 21, 2016 10:39 AM IST

MUMBAI: The relative of gangster Farid Tanasha failed to identify his killers in court even though she had been staying at the house where Tanasha was shot dead.

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A close aide of underworld don Chhota Rajan, Tanasha was gunned down on June 3, 2010 at his residence in Chembur by four assailants. According to the prosecution, Tanasha’s wife, daughter and one of their relatives, 22-year-old housewife Arshiya Sayyed were at home when the incident occurred. One-and-a-half month later, she was called to Taloja jail, where she identified the two killers.

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Six years later, Sayyed was summoned by the prosecution to testify before the court. Special public prosecutor Raja Thackrey asked Sayyed to identify the killers. However, she said she was unable to do so, as many years had elapsed after she first identified them and she could no longer recall their faces.

Sayyed was later cross-examined by defence lawyers Mahesh Mule and Sudeep Pasbola. The defence said Sayyed was shown photographs of the accused to help her identify them. Sayyed denied the allegation.

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