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Man who arranged firearms in Bhatt and Morani cases arrested

Mahesh Bhatt

Mumbai, Nov 22 (PTI) One more person has been arrested in connection with the plot to kill filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt and the firing outside Bollywood producer Karim Morani’s residence here in August, taking the number of arrests made in the twin cases to 14.

The accused, Ravi Singh, was apprehended yesterday for his alleged role in arranging six firearms for the gang members, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) Mohan Dahikar said today.

Singh played a key role in procuring firearms which were found in possession of the other accused, who are all members of a gang led by a fugitive underworld don, Ravi Pujari, arrested in both cases, police said.

Singh, who works as a watchman in Nalasopara, a distant Mumbai suburb, had accompanied Ishrat Shaikh, one of the arrested gangsters, to Madhya Pradesh to buy the six pistols and 30-odd live cartridges from an arms supplier, who was paid Rs 80,000, police added.

In a three-day operation beginning November 15, police busted two modules, which were operating at the behest of foreign-based Pujari, and apprehended 13 of his men.

Singh was produced before a local court, which remanded him in police custody till November 26.

Some of the 13 accused held last week, had fired three bullets in the air outside the residence of Morani on August 23, police said.

The others were about to target Bhatt outside his office in suburban Khar on November 15 when police acted swiftly and nabbed them along with firearms.

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