Ace sharpshooter Abdul Rauf Dawood Merchant, who was sentenced to life for the murder of music baron Gulshan Kumar has been caught in Meghalaya. Merchant who was sentenced to life in 2002, was absconding for more than seven years.
Merchant, who was convicted for the murder and sentenced to life imprisonment in 2002, absconded when he was out on parole in 2009. He subsequently went to Bangladesh, where he was arrested for entering the country illegally, and then again for alleged terrorist links. His jail term expired last week. For the last couple of months, the Indian government has been in talks for his deportation with the Bangladesh government. According to top police officials, following his release from prison, Merchant was taken to Meghalaya by the Bangladeshi authorities and handed over to the Border Security Force.
A team of Mumbai Crime Branch officers went to Meghalaya on Wednesday to take his custody, Crime Branch officials said. While the operation was conducted in close co-ordination by both the governments with help from the Interpol, it is being officially said that Merchant was detained by the BSF while trying to enter the country illegally.
Gulshan Kumar was shot and killed outside a temple in Andheri (West) on August 12, 1997. Cops believed a business rivalry to be the reason behind his murder but a trial court found evidence to convict only Merchant and acquitted 18 of the 19 accused in 2002, which also included Tips founder Ramesh Taurani.