A Single Phone Call Led Sleuths to Bootlegger

Published: 24th June 2015 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 24th June 2015 06:00 AM   |  A+A-

NEW DELHI:Mansur Latif Sheikh alias Atiq was on Tuesday nabbed from a slum cluster in Seelampur by the Delhi Police through a comprehensive operation launched by its crack team.

On scouring his call data records, Mumbai Police sleuths realised that Atiq had spoken to someone in Delhi after the tragedy. 

They soon shared the information with their Delhi counterparts and the task to track down the mobile number was assigned to Deputy Commissioner of Police Veenu Bansal.

“The Mumbai Police Crime Branch approached us with information on the prime suspect’s possible hideout in Delhi. We formed a team comprising police personnel adept at technical surveillance,” Baansal said.

The phone number was found to be that of Irfan Peti, a resident of Seelampur area, but his mobile remained stitched off.

The police got hold of Peti’s voter ID card and tracked down his address, however, his house was found to be locked. 

With the help of Peti’s neighbours, police traced his work address and nabbed him.  On interrogation, he told the sleuths that Atiq was his “distant friend” and that he had called him to inform that he was coming to Delhi. During interrogation, Peti said Atiq was hiding at his friend Arif’s house in the same locality. “On raiding the house, we caught both Atiq and Arif,” Bansal said.

Arif told the police he was not aware that he was hiding a fugitive.

Atiq had convinced Arif that he was on vacation. During interrogation, Atiq, who hails from Gujarat’s Ahmedabad, stated that he had supplied three drums of hooch along with his partner Francis.

An interrogator said that Atiq had purchased hooch from his hometown in Gujarat’s Ahmedabad area and sold it in Mumbai. “He used to supply a drum of illicit liquor for `15,000 and on every drum he managed to save `5,000,” a source said.  

He said Atiq got into the shady business after his father Latif Mansur died. “Latif along with Naseer had been supplying hooch for the last decade in Mumbai. Latif died in 2009,” he said.  

Atiq, along with Francis, has been supplying hooch to various parts of Mumbai since 2011. Delhi Police produced Atiq before a city court, after which the Mumbai Police team that arrived at Delhi secured a transit remand of the accused.

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