Dreaded gangster held in 2005 case of hotelier's murder
    Thane, May 9 (PTI) A dreaded gangster was Thursday
arrested in connection with a 14-year-old case, in which a
hotelier from Ulhasnagar in the district was shot dead, police
    The anti extortion cell (AEC) of Thane crime branch
arrested the accused, Fazal Ur Rehman alias Ali Bashir Ali
Shaikh (55), who was lodged in Sabarmati jail in a different
case, and brought him to Thane, an official said.
    He was arrested for the murder of Rakesh Raman Rai
alias Rakesh Shetty (39), inspector of the AEC, Rajkumar
Kothmire, said.
    The incident had taken place late night on May 10,
2005 near Regency Park at Kalyan. The shooters had allegedly
shot the victim from point blank range, he added.
    A few days after the incident, the police had arrested
Harish Vazirani (50) and Sunil Shetty (36) in connection with
the murder.
    "The deceased and Vazirani had a dispute over a bar,
which the deceased was operating. The bar belonged to
Vazirani's brother," Kothmire said.
    Harish Vazirani and others hatched a conspiracy to
eliminate Rakesh Raman Rai. Accordingly, two sharp-shooters
were hired and they shot the victim dead by firing him from
point blank range, he added.
    Some other accused in the case are still absconding,
the officer said.
    The offence had been registered under IPC sections 302
(murder) and others at Mahatma Phule Police station at Kalyan.
    Further investigation into the case is on. PTI COR