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Subhash Singh Thakur acquitted in 1989 case

MUMBAI, December 3: Subhash Singh Thakur, henchman of Karachi-basedunderworld kingpin Dawood Ibrahim, was acquitted by the Sessions Court onThursday. He had been charged with the murder of a textile trader at Juhu'sHotel Sun-N-Sand in 1989. Thakur is also a prime accused in the 1992 J JHospital shootout case.

Seven to eight other gansters accused in the trader's murder were alsoacquitted along with Thakur as key witnesses turned hostile. The murder wascommitted on August 23, 1989.

Lalusheth alias Ramesh Hemdeo, a textile trader, and his friend Kamlesh, aBollywood producer, were shot dead while dinning with another Bollywoodproducer Sajid Nadiadwala at Hotel Sun-N-Sand. According to the prosecution,about seven to eight unidentified persons belonging to the Dawood Ibrahimgang surrounded Lalusheth at his table and shot him dead. Lalusheth's friendKamlesh was also killed and some of the former's associates were injured.Lalusheth had gone to the hotel along with his contractor friend MarutiJadhav to meet his business associates. Nadiadwala, Krishnabhai and DilipNaik were among those whom Lalusheth had gone to meet.

The Juhu police lodged an FIR on the basis of Jadhav's statement. Jadhav,who was also injured in the firing, claimed that he recognised one of thekillers to be Thakur because he had earlier met him in the Thane jail in1986. Jadhav had said he knew about the enmity between Lalusheth's gang andthat of the then Ulhasnagar MLA, Pappu Kalani. Jadhav was eventually killedby rival gangsters. Other eye witnesses turned hostile.

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