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Man wanted for killing police officer held after 13 years

The crime branch of Mumbai police arrested a 37-year-old history-sheeter, wanted for a police officer’s death in 2002 among other things.

Rafiq Sheikh alias Raju was arrested from Dharavi area by a team led by inspector M Desai, said Shridhar Hanchate, senior inspector of Unit 9 of the crime branch.

In 2002, Raju and his associate Mohammad Sheikh alias Chhotu allegedly fired on policemen from Pantnagar police station during a chase. One of the police officers was hit and later died.

Chhotu was arrested a few years later, put on a trial and sentenced to life.

After receiving a tip-off that Raju had come to Dharavi to meet a friend, the police arrested him today, said inspector Hanchate.

Raju had half a dozen robbery cases registered against him in the city, said police.

Incidentally, his brother ‘Nanhe’ is a veteran police informer, officials said.

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