MANGALORE: The second additional district and sessions court here on Monday found Rashid Malbari, hit man of D-Company guilty of illegal possession of arms. Rashid Malbari, 42, an Interpol notified criminal and his associates were nabbed by special squad drawn from Western Range of state police in coordination with central and state intelligence agencies on March 29, 2009. The quantum of punishment will be announced on August 28.
The squad getting information that Rashid Malbari and his associates had landed in the area to carry out an assassination plot of prominent Hindu chauvinist leaders including Varun Gandhi and Pramod Mutalik had laid a trap and nabbed him and four of his accomplices initially. The aim was to create chaos in this communally sensitive district in the run up to the 2009 general elections when the leaders came to the district for campaigning.
The prosecution however was not able to prove the charges of criminal conspiracy against the D-Company hitman that he came here to eliminate these Hindu chauvinist leaders. The court also convicted his lieutenant Mohammad Hasim, 32, on these very charges while acquitting seven of his accomplices of these charges. Police had recovered 9mm pistols and live rounds from their possession, sources privy to the investigations in this case told TOI.
Malbari is also accused of murdering two associates of Chota Rajan – Prashanth and John at Panambur in July 1998. The court will pronounce the judgment in this case on August 29, CCB PI H N Venkatesh Prasanna said. This is the first conviction against Malbari, who is wanted in more than 10 cases in Maharashtra and Karnataka. Malbari is wanted for attempts on life of Chota Rajan in Bangkok in 2000 and murder of his associate Balu Dokre in Kuala Lumpur in 2005.
Then Director-General and Inspector-General of Police Ajai Kumar Singh had announced the arrest of Malbari on March 30, 24-hours after he was picked up by the squad near Talapady check post. Police had seized a vehicle in which they were travelling. A case was registered against them in Ullal police station under section120 (B) of IPC, 3 and 25 of Arms Act. Shivaprasad Alva and Manjunath Bhat Padne argued on behalf of the state.