Underworld don Ejaz Lakadawala's brother Akeel Yusuf Lakadawala was allegedly assaulted and threatened by a key member of the Lakadawala gang, Riyaz Ahmed Shaikh in the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) courtyard in Arthur Road jail premises.
The police sources claimed Riyaz attacked Akeel, as the latter who was already out on bail was not making any efforts to get Riyaz bailed out.
According to NM Joshi Marg police, the incident occurred on August 7, evening, when Riyaz was being escorted back in the jail after attending the court hearing. Akeel and Riyaz had attended hearing in the MCOCA court in connection with a shootout case of DN Nagar police station. The court gave a next date for hearing. After hearing when Riyaz was being escorted back in the Arthur Road Jail, a heated argument ensued between the two.
In his complaint, 46-year-old Akeel, a Mira Road resident has stated that Riyaz has been demanding money from him since a month. "On the day of the incident Riyaz abused Akeel and was snatching his wallet.
When Akeel resisted Riyaz smashed his head on his face injuring his nose. The said act has also been captured on the CCTV camera of the jail," said an officer NM Joshi Marg police station.
After the incident Akeel complained to the judge about the incident, after which the judge ordered NM Joshi Marg police to register a case in this regard. Akeel in his police complaint further alleged that he fear for his life from Riyaz, as the latter has threatened him with dire consequences, police said.
The police have registered a case against Riyaz under sections 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) and 506-II (criminal intimidation) of Indian Penal Code.
In 2011, DN Nagar police had booked Ejaz Lakdawala gang members under MCOCA in an attempt to murder case at Andheri. The gang member had tried to kill an employee of a timber mart shop after firing at him, but the shooter's weapon got stuck. Ejaz Lakdawala was also a wanted accused in the case. Police had then arrested five members of the gang, including Akeel and Riyaz in the case. However, later Akeel was released on bail by the court on March 20, 2012.