Mumbai: Eminent Mumbai based lawyer Shahid Azmi who was
defending one of the co-accused of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks
Mumbai train blasts and other terror related cases in which Muslim
youths were arrested, has been shot dead today late in the evening.
According to the
sources, 4-5 men arrived to his office near Taximen's Colony in
Kurla East, Mumbai pretending as clients and shot at him point
unidentified persons barged into his office in Taximen’s Colony in
Kurla, a north-eastern Mumbai suburb just before 9 p.m. and opened
fire at him", says the police.
He was immediately
rushed to Rajawadi Hosiptal in Ghatkopar where he was declared dead.
Shahid Azmi came to the
limelight after he began handling the 7/11 Mumbai blast case and
other terror related cases in which Muslim youths were detained.
He was handling these
cases as defence lawyer on behalf of Jamitul Ulema Maharashtra.
His petition filed on
behalf of Jamiatul Ulema challenging the Maharashtra Control of
Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) is pending for judgment in Supreme
Besides handling the
cases of the accused in Malegaon 2006 blasts and arms haul case in
which Muslim youths from Malegaon and Aurangabad were detained,
Shahid was also representing Fahim Ansari, a Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT)
activist, charged with preparing the groundwork to help the
perpetrators of the Mumbai 26/11 terror attacks.