Former gangster Abdul Wahab was acquitted of charges of firing at his former aide Nazir Vora by the district and rural court on Saturday. The acquittal came as Vora and other witnesses turned hostile following a compromise.
According to the complaint, Wahab and his accomplices, Ahmed Mandli, Salim Tolo and Sadiq Shaikh, had gone to meet Vora at a tea stall near Sonal Cinema in Juhapura around 11.30 pm on March 5, 2012. They had an altercation over possession of land near the cinema.
Wahab had allegedly threatened him to sell the land which was in his possession or face the consequences. He had even fired a bullet in the air from a pistol. Following this, Vora had lodged a police complaint.
“The court has acquitted Abdul Wahab Sheikh as all witnesses, including complainant Nazir Vora, turned hostile during the trial,” said district government pleader Pravin Trivedi. He added: “The complainant and others did not identify Wahab as an accused and assailant.”
Sources claimed that Wahab and Vora, both considered as
strong-headed persons, had arrived at a compromise. As a result, Wahab, who had come out of jail a couple of years back after serving life sentence, was acquitted by the court.