Maha man gives up crime for family
Mateen Hafeez, TNN, Dec 19, 2010
MUMBAI: Here’s a man really committed to family life! A total of 28 children from four wives, all of whom finally got fed up with man’s criminal ways and convinced him surrender to the cops in the hope it will mitigate his sentence.
Atique Shaikh (36) had been on the run for the last two years and his four wives along with the children, who live in the same Mumbai neighbourhood, put their heads together and decided to convince Shaikh to surrender.
Shaikh fell in love with all four women at different times and got married to them. They all stay in Govandi in separate houses. While his eldest son, a 17-year-old, is graduating in Arts, his 10 other children are studying in various schools in Govandi. His wives work as domestic helps and run their respective families.
According to police, it were his kids who implored him to quit crime. His children pleaded that if he continued, it would become difficult for them in school and during their weddings. “It really had an impact on his mind and he decided to heed them,” said a police officer.
“I want a chance to get rid of my criminal identity. I want to spend life with dignity,” Shaikh told the court on Wednesday after surrendering.
A resident of Baiganwadi in Shivaji Nagar, Shaikh has as many as 19 cases against him since 1991 and cops from at least six police stations were hunting for him. His crimes include eight cases of extortion, two of attempt to murder and nine of assault and robbery.
Assistant police inspector, Bhimrao Valatkar, who is probing the case, said, Shaikh, a habitual offender, stepped into crime in 1991. Though he has been arrested in most of the cases and trial is on, he was on the run and could not be arrested in two previous cases.
At the Kurla court, Shaikh pleaded that he wanted to spend his remaining life with dignity. He also told the court that he was worried about the future of his four wives and 28 kids, said an officer. The court remanded him to police custody till December 20. Currently, he is lodged at the Ghatkopar Central lock up