Ex-DGP of Maharashtra Rakesh Maria claims Mumbai police had detailed intel on Gulshan Kumar's assassination

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Rakesh Maria: Police had intel on Gulshan Kumar’s homicide& 

There was a time when underworld was deeply concerned with the Hindi movie business and maybe the darkest day of that section is alleged to be the assassination of music baron Gulshan Kumar, the founding father of T Series. On August 12, 1997, Gulshan Kumar was shot 16 occasions outdoors Jeeteshwar Mahadev Mandir and on January 9, 2001, gangster Abdul Rauf Merchant confessed to being the killer. 

Now, virtually 23 years after Gulshan Kumar’s assassination, ex-DGp of Maharashtra Rakesh Maria has claimed in his memoir, Let Me Say It Now, that Mumbai police had detailed intel on the plot to kill the music baron. He has written that on the morning of April 22, 1997, he acquired a name which acknowledged, “Sir, Gulshan Kumar ka wicket girne wala hai (Sir, Gulshan Kumar is about to be assassinated)”. 

When he requested, who’s the wicket-taker, the informant revealed, “Abu Salem, saab. Usne apne shooters ke saath sab plan nakki kiya hai. Gulshan Kumar roz subah gharse nikalke pehle ek Shiv mandir jata hai. Wahin pe kaam khatam karne wale hain. (Abu Salem is the one planning to kill Gulshan Kumar. He has finalised the plan with his shooters. The first thing that Gulshan Kumar does in the morning after leaving home each day is to go to a nearby Shiv temple. That is where they are going to bump him off).”

Maria additional writes that later within the day he known as filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt and requested him if he knew Gulshan Kumar telling him the rationale for the enquiry. Mahesh Bhatt known as again and confirmed that Gulshan Kumar visits a lord Shiva temple each morning.

“Then I told Bhatt I would be briefing the Crime Branch and he must tell Gulshan Kumar not to stir out of the house till the Crime Branch had got in touch with him and made arrangements for his safety,” wrote Rakesh Maria, who was Assistant Inspector General to the DGP at the moment. 

He additional wrote, “I then called up the Crime Branch and gave them the details furnished by my informant. The Crime Branch then extended the requisite protection to Gulshan Kumar. Therefore, it came as a big shock to me when on 12 August 1997, I received a call that conveyed the news of Gulshan Kumar’s murder, in the manner that it had been described.”

It so occurred that Gulshan Kumar had a cassette manufacturing facility in Noida subsequently UP police had taken management of his safety attributable to which Mumbai police needed to withdraw their companies. “Somewhere down the line, routine and apathy could have set in, as it often happens in prolonged watch and ward duties”, wrote Rakesh Maria. 

On the film entrance, a biopic on the lifetime of Gulshan Kumar is within the improvement stage to be helmed by Subhash Kapoor. Titled Moghul, the biopic will likely be backed by Gulshan Kumar’s son Bhushan Kumar, and celebrity Aamir Khan, who will additionally play the primary lead within the movie. 

(with inputs from IANS)

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