Shootout at Lokhandwala: THE UNTOLD STORY ~ THE REAL LIFE HEROES

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sufi s:
Wanting to become gangsters, youngsters like Dilip Buwa, Anil Pawar, Raju Pujari, Ashok Nadkarni and Maya Dolas joined the gang ranks, and over the years became trusted sharpshooters of for Dawood Ibrahim. They were the five criminals who were shot dead during the Lokhandwala shootout. The other two just happened to be at the scene during the bloody encounter.

THE FINAL STRIKE :

November 16, 1991. Time 12.30pm. The cops keeping a watch at Swati Apartments informed their boss AA Khan that there was hectic movement at the ground floor flat.

A team of ten members of the Anti Terrorist Squad, lead by Inspector Kavi, arrived at the spot and laid siege to the building at around 1.20pm. It was decided that Kavi along with Sub-inspector Gharal would knock the door and ask the gangsters to surrender. Inspector Ambadas Pote and a constable were to provide them with cover.

At 1.30pm Inspector Kavi knocked on the door. A burst from a self-loading rifle startled the cops. A bullet passed through the right side of Dharal’s chest and another hit Kavi on his left elbow. For sometime there was a lull in activity. Additional forces were summoned. By 2pm, ATS chief AA Khan arrived with extra fire power. A company of Special Reserve Police too was called in.

The cops launched their second attack and by 2.30pm three gangsters were killed. They were later identified as Anil Khubchandani, a Bandra resident, the second a warden from Yerwada Jail, and the third D company’s sharp shooter Anil Pawar.

Dilip Buwa opened the rear door, went upstairs and started firing from the third floor, while Maya Dolas, Pujari and Nadkarni kept firing using AK 47 rifles and Uzi hand guns made in Israel.

By 2.45 a crime branch team lead by ACP Gobse arrived and held discussions with Khan. Maya Dolas kept abusing the cops and dared them to come nearer. Gobse requested Khan to abort the encounter, so that the remaining gangsters could be coerced into surrendering. But Khan ordered his men to go all out for the kill. There were repeated volleys of rapid fire from both sides for another hour. Dilip Buwa, who was injured in the thigh but kept egging his men. By 4pm, the guns fell silent.

Dolas came out begging to be spared, but was sprayed with bullets coming from all sides. Sources later confirmed that his body was riddled with more than 100 bullets. By 4.30, the encounter was over. Hundreds of bullets, shells and seven blood-covered bodies strewn all over stood testimony to the biggest and most lethal encounter ever witnessed by the underworld.


THE REAL LIFE HEROES :

 



REEL NAME: Kaviraj Patil
REAL NAME: M Abdul Qavi
HIS WEAPON: 9 mm pistol
PLAYED BY: Suniel Shetty

ROLE IN SHOOTOUT AT LOKHANDWALA

Qavi, who was attached to the Sahar police station as a police inspector then, carried out a reconnaissance of the building in which Dolas and his men were hiding in a ground-floor apartment. Qavi then drew a map of the site and divided his men into three parties. He himself led a team of four men through the apartment's front door and asked Dolas to surrender. The gangster, who was watching TV then, opened fire. In the bloody shootout that ensued, Qavi was hit twice — the first bullet hit him in the chest, but the bulletproof vest saved him. The second bullet hit him in th right elbow. He got 38 stitches.

WHAT IS HE DOING NOW

He retired as assistant commissioner of police in Nagpur. He now leads a quiet retired life with his wife in Dahisar.



REEL NAME: Javed Shaikh
REAL NAME: Iqbal Shaikh
HIS WEAPON: .38 revolver
PLAYED BY: Arbaaz Khan

ROLE IN SHOOTOUT AT LOKHANDWALA
He was part of the reconnaissance team and was also involved in planning the operation. His brief was to guard the two gates that led out of the building's compound. Since the flat in which Dolas and his men were hiding was on the ground floor, there was a possibility some of them could try to escape. Once he heard the gun shots being fired inside the apartment, he rushed in to help Qavi and his team. Shaikh sustained one bullet injury and was treated at Cooper Hospital.

WHAT IS HE DOING NOW

He is currently attached to the Malabar Hill police station as a senior PI. He has been actively involved in the development of the police gymkhana.


REEL NAME: Abhishek Mhatre
REAL NAME: Sunil Deshmukh
HIS WEAPON: 9 mm carbine
PLAYED BY: Abhishek Bachchan

ROLE IN SHOOTOUT AT LOKHANDWALA
Deshmukh, who was then attached to the Dindoshi police station as a sub-inspector, was a member of Qavi's team that first entered the gangsters' den. When his carbine ran out of ammunition, Deshmukh picked up an AK-47 assault rifle and continued firing. He fired 22 rounds from his carbine and 50 from his AK-47. The FIR in the shootout at the Oshiwara police station is registered in Deshmukh's name.

WHAT IS HE DOING NOW

Deshmukh now is an inspector with the Anti-Terrorist Squad and has played a crucial role in investigations into last year's serial train blasts.


REEL NAME: ACP Khan
REAL NAME: A A Khan
HIS WEAPON: 9 mm pistol
PLAYED BY: Sanjay Dutt

ROLE IN SHOOTOUT AT LOKHANDWALA

The Anti-Terrorist Squad that took on Dolas was Khan’s brainchild. He had handpicked the officers to be part of this squad. He was the one who received the tipoff about the presence of Maya Dolas at Lokhandwala. Khan quickly dispatched the first batch of officers led by Qavi with instructions that they all should use bullet-proof jackets. Some of the men were provided AK-47s. He was also at the spot through the encounter. Pictures of Khan at the shootout site in an open collared white shirt with a gun casually tucked in his black trousers is stuff of legends in Mumbai police force.

WHAT IS HE DOING NOW

Based out of Mumbai, Khan runs a security agency and works as a security consultant.


KIRAN SONONE

Kiran Sonone, whose role in the shootout does not find a mention in the film, had reached the spot along with A A Khan and was involved the shootout till the end. He was a part of the ATS and a close confidante of Khan. Sonone was then attached to Bandra police station as a sub-inspector. Interestingly, he is currently attached to the Oshiwara police station, where the FIR relating to the shootout was filed, as a senior inspector.

http://www.dnaindia.com/report.asp?newsid=1098162

Compiled from DNA and MUMBAI MIRROR  :)

♥Shana♥:
The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out to meet it.... hats off to them :noteworthy:

Red Devil:
Nice Post..

.Belo.:
Kool stuff Sameer Bhai :)

A +K

<Ali>:
awesome post.
This shows that we have brave and fair policemen too.
+ve k for presenting it in beautiful way O0

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