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Sale of Dawood Ibrahim’s properties aids redevelopment plan

Bhendi Bazaar is undergoing a face-lift with old houses and narrow lanes being replaced by swanky high rise buildings. The neighbourhood was once known for being the den of India’s most notoroious criminal and underworld donDawood Ibrahim Kaskar.Dawood operated his unerworld circuit from his Pakmodia Street residence before he fled the country in late 80s.Across the street lived Dawood’s aide and fugitive gangster Chhota Shakeel in Ismail Building at Temkar Street. On November 14, this year, three Bhendi Bazaar properties of Dawood including the two-storied Shabnam Guest House building, six flats in Damarwala building and the restaurant Raunaq Afroz, also known as Delhi Zaika, went under the hammer. The Saifee Burhani Upliftment Trust (SBUT) won the three properties in an auction carried out by the Ministry of Finance, under the Smugglers and Foreign Exchange Manipulators (SAFEMA) Forfeiture of Properties Act.The trust was keen to buy the three properties for a redevelopment project carried out by them at Bhendi Bazaar.It is believed that Hotel Raunaq Afroz was one of the first properties purchased by Dawood after he took control of his smuggling business from Haji Mastan. The first and the third floor apartments in the Damarwala building belonged to Dawood’s ancestors.Even after Dawood left India in 1986, his mother continued to stay in Damarwala building. When Dawood’s brother Iqbal Kaskar was deported from Dubai, he lived in the building until August this year when the Hussaini building collapsed. Dawood’s other property — Shabnam Guest house, a double-storey structure in Yakub street was occupied by Dawood’s younger siblings — Haseena and Iqbal.”Bhendi Bazaar has always been in the news for having housed several gangsters of yesteryear. Various members of Dawood Ibrahim’s and Chhota Shakeel’s gang had connection with the area. The gangs still have their prominence in the locality. A lot of D-gang members stayed in the nearby area —Dongri and Mohammad Ali Road areas,” said a senior police official, requesting anonymity.

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Saifee Burhani Upliftment Trust wins Dawood Ibrahim’s Mumbai properties in auction

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Saifee Burhani Upliftment Trust (SBUT) on Tuesday won the auction of three Dawood Ibrahim properties in Mumbai.Three properties of underworld don and main accused in the 1993 serial bomb blasts were auctioned by the Ministry of Finance, under the Smugglers and Foreign Exchange Manipulators (SAFEMA) Forfeiture of Properties Act.The three properties include a two-storied building, Shabnam Guest House; six flats in Damarwala building; and a restaurant Rounaq Afroz.Three properties located in Bhendi Bazaar had already caught the interest of the Saifee Burhani Upliftment Trust (SBUT) that is redeveloping Bhendi Bazaar.A source from SBUT had told DNA that they were participating only because the buildings are important for a complete redevelopment.Last year, unable to gather money to buy underworld Ibrahim’s property Hotel Raunak Afroz, former journalist S Balakrishnan’s ‘earnest money deposit’ of Rs 30 lakh was forfeited.In December 2015, Balakrishnan, through his NGO Desh Seva Samiti, had participated in an auction of properties belonging to underworld don Dawood Ibrahim.

SBUT to bid for 3 of Dawood’s properties in Bhendi Bazaar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Of the six properties being auctioned by the competent authority, SAFEMA, Mumbai, three properties located in Bhendi Bazaar belonged to fugitive gangster Dawood Ibrahim, and have caught the interest of the Saifee Burhani Upliftment Trust (SBUT) that is redeveloping Bhendi Bazaar. The auction will be held in Churchgate on Tuesday.The three properties include a two-storied building, Shabnam Guest House; six flats in Damarwala building; and a restaurant Rounaq Afroz. The reserve price for the three properties are Rs 1.21 crore, Rs 1.55 crore and Rs 1.18 crore respectively. The earnest money for the properties are Rs 48.58 lakh, Rs 62.40 and Rs 23.72 lakh.”All the three properties fall within the ambit of Bhendi Bazaar redevelopment that is being carried out by us. We are participating only because the buildings are important for a complete redevelopment,” said a source from SBUT.The authority plans to sell the first two properties as the buildings are dilapidated and dangerous for occupation. “We want the new owners to be serious buyers who will see to it that the tenants are rehabilitated and the buildings are redeveloped,” said the officer.SERIOUS BIDS ONLYTo ensure that only serious buyers participate in the auction, the competent authority has invoked a clause that allows it to prosecute anyone who stalls the auction.

Min apologises for sexist remark

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After his sexist comments calling for liquor brands to be renamed after women kicked up a row, water resources minister Girish Mahajan issued an apology and said he did not mean to offend anybody.”I said this in humour. I had no motive except this,” said Mahajan on Monday. “I am saying it clearly, it was an inadvertent mistake… I am apologising in case it has hurt anybody,” Mahajan noted, adding he had no vices and did not even drink tea.On Saturday, Mahajan, who was speaking at a function at the Satpuda co-operative sugar factory at Nandurbar, had advised the unit to rename its liquor brand as ‘Maharani’ instead of ‘Maharaja’ to boost sales. The statement was condemned by political parties.Mahajan was also taken to task by the Shiv Sena. In an editorial on Monday, the Sena organ Saamna lashed out at the minister and said that his advice on increasing liquor sales ran counter to the state government’s stated objective of prohibition.The Shiv Sena said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had supported Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s decision to impose prohibition last year despite the two then being at loggerheads.If you want to cut, it can be cut from hereThis is not the first time that Mahajan, who represents Jamner in Jalgaon in the state assembly for five terms, has found himself in the thick of a controversy. Earlier this year, the former ABVP worker, who is considered close to chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, had been criticized after he attended the wedding of a relative of fugitive underworld don Dawood Ibrahim.In 2015, Mahajan, who is a black-belt holder in karate, had been spotted with his revolver tucked in to his waist at a childrens’ event.PAST CONTROVERSYThis is not the first time that Mahajan, who represents Jamner in Jalgaon in the state assembly for five terms, has found himself in the thick of a controversy. Earlier this year, the former ABVP worker, had been criticized after he attended the wedding of a relative of fugitive underworld don Dawood Ibrahim.

Missing Indians in Iraq: Families asked to provide DNA samples

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Families of all 39 Indians who went missing in Iraq three years ago have been asked to undergo DNA tests for unspecified reasons.”All of us have been asked to undergo DNA test; don’t know why. We are very nervous,” Gurpinder, the sister of Manjinder, who is one among the 39, told ANI.In 2014, 39 Indian labourers, mostly from Punjab, were reportedly taken hostage by ISIS when it overran Iraq’s second largest city of Mosul. The workers were trying to leave Mosul when they were intercepted.There has been no word on them but the government has insisted that without information otherwise, the workers are still considered alive.External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had earlier told family members that an Iraqi official quoting intelligence sources had told Minister of State for External Affairs General (Retired) V.K. Singh that the kidnapped Indians were deployed at a hospital construction site and then shifted to a farm before they were put in a jail in Badush.However, reportedly earlier in July, the Iraqi foreign minister Ibrahim al-Eshaiker al-Jafari had asserted that his dispensation possessed no substantial evidence on the missing persons.

Gangster DK Rao arrested in extortion case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With the heat already on, on the Dawood Ibrahim and Ravi Pujari gangs for allegedly threatening builders for extortion, the Mumbai Crime Branch’s Criminal Intelligence Unit (CIU) on Wednesday arrested gangster DK Rao, a former close aide of gangster Chhota Rajan for allegedly threatening an SRA consultant and demanding a sum Rs 50 lakh.According to the police, in 2013, the complainant was looking forward to develop an SRA project at Antop Hill. For the past one year, Rao, who was then lodged in jail had been threatening the consultant to back out of the project.Rao wanted to appoint a builder known to him in the construction of the said project, and hence he was forcing the complainant to quit the project.Later, Rao’s aides stalled the project work and the complainant was informed that no further work in the project would be carried out without Rao’s permission, police said.”When Rao came out of bail in July 2016 he began to threaten the complainant. In June this year the complainant was called at Dharavi to meet Rao and was again threatened by Rao, and was asked to leave the project. Rao also demanded an amount of Rs 50 lakh from the victim. Due to this constant pressure the victim approached Dharavi police and lodged a complaint,” said Dilip Sawant, Deputy Commissioner Police (detection).”Our probe is on to ascertain if anyone else is involved in the crime, and more arrests are likely to take place in the case,”he added.Rao was produced before the court on Thursday and has been remanded to police custody till October 18.The Mumbai police has urged more complainants to come forward.Rao has over 20 cases registered against him in Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai including extortion, threatening and robberies. He was released from jail last year after being acquitted in an extortion case.

Extortion case: MCOCA invoked against Iqbal Kaskar, Chhota Shakeel

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Thane Police has invoked the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) against fugitive underworld don Dawood Ibrahim’s brother Iqbal Kaskar, gangster Chhota Shakeel and three others in connection with an extortion case.The MCOCA has been invoked against Kaskar and others in the first extortion case registered at the Kasarwadavali police station in Thane on a complaint filed by a builder, a police official said today.Under the MCOCA, an accused cannot obtain bail easily.In this case, the police have already arrested Kaskar and his two aides Israr Ali Jamal Ali Sayyed and Mumtaz Sheikh.During interrogation, it was revealed that Shakeel, a close aide of Dawood Ibrahim, was also allegedly involved in the extortion racket, he said.Shakeel had allegedly threatened some builders and businessmen on behalf of Ibrahim and tried to extort money from them, the official said.During further investigation, the Anti-Extortion Cell (AEC) sleuths arrested Borivali-based ‘matka’ (gambling) king and businessman Pankaj Gangar, who allegedly used to send Rs 10 lakh to Rs 15 lakh to Shakeel through hawala (illegal channel of sending money) per month, he said.The Thane Police, since the beginning of the probe, were examining whether the MCOCA could be applied in this case.As Shakeel’s role was established in the case, it became easy to invoke the tough law, an official said.In this regard, the Thane Police had requested their counterparts in Mumbai to provide details of the cases filed in the last 10 years against Shakeel, he said.Subsequently, the Mumbai Police provided details, including of some cases in which Shakeel was charge sheeted in a sessions court, he said.In the first extortion case, the builder had paid Rs 30 lakh and given four flats to Kaskar and his aides as he was being threatened in the name of Dawood Ibrahim or his gang since 2013, he said.Two more extortion cases were registered in Thane in which Kaskar, Shakeel, Dawood Ibrahim and his other brother Anees have been named as accused.A team, led by encounter specialist police inspector Pradeep Sharma, had arrested Kaskar from his sister Haseena Parkar’s home at Gorden Hall apartment in Nagpada area of Mumbai on September 18, the official said.

Dawood Ibrahim, brother Anees booked by Thane police in extortion racket

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After Chhota Shakeel, the Thane police in Maharashtra have booked underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and his brother Anees Ibrahim in an extortion racket.The development comes a fortnight after Dawood’s brother Iqbal Kaskar and two of his aides — Mumtaz Sheikh and Israr Ali Jamil Sayyad — were arrested by the Anti-Extortion Cell (AEC) of the Thane police, led by ‘encounter specialist’ Pradeep Sharma and his team, in an extortion case of Rs 30 lakh and four flats from a builder.Dawood and Anees have been named as a wanted accused in the extortion case that was registered on Tuesday.Thane police have booked Kaskar and his gang members in a fresh case of extorting Rs 3 crore from a prominent builder in north Mumbai. This is the third extortion case registered against Kaskar and his gang members after their arrest.Chhota Shakeel, whose role had also emerged in the extortion racket case, had already been declared a wanted accused.

New case filed against Dawood Ibrahim’s kin

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two weeks after Thane Police Anti-Extortion Cell arrested fugitive underworld don Dawood Ibrahim’s brother Iqbal Kaskar and two of his aides in connection with an extortion racket, a fresh case was registered against them at Thane Nagar police station on Tuesday for allegedly extorting Rs 3 crore from a prominent builder in north Mumbai. This is the third extortion case registered against them so far.According to police, the gang had threatened a prominent builder and Kaskar had extorted Rs 3 crore from him over a deal of a 38-acre land in Gorai the builder wanted.Following Kaskar’s arrest, there were reports that two NCP corporators were allegedly linked to the extortion racket.Strongly refuting any links between NCP members and Dawood Ibrahim, NCP supremo Sharad Pawar on Tuesday said the party would approach the Chief Minister with a complaint against former encounter specialist Pradeep Sharma, who is probing the cases against Kaskar, for circulating malicious information.Pawar said, “What credibility does this person have to make such claims.

Iqbal Kaskar was involved in construction ‘business’: Police

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Days after the arrest of fugitive gangster Dawood Ibrahim’s brother Iqbal Kaskar and his two aides in connection with the extortion of a builder and a jeweller in Thane, the police have now come across Kaskar’s construction ‘business’ as well.According to police sources, apart from extortion, Kaskar is allegedly involved in a construction ‘business’ wherein he would threaten tenants to vacate their flats for redevelopment. The police on Friday had questioned Kaskar’s partner, a builder from Mumbai who would take contracts of construction work for redevelopment or development projects.The police said, Kaskar was allegedly in a sleeping partnership with the builder. The latter would use Kaskar and Dawood’s name to threaten landowners or tenants, and would take help of other aides of Kaskar to forcefully vacate their premises where he would carry out redevelopment. In return, the builder would give a commission or a profit margin to Kaskar in cash.”We have questioned the builder and it has been revealed that he was running a construction business with Kaskar. Although Kaskar had not invested in the business; he would get a large profit margin in every project. All the transactions were made in cash and we are trying to trace the money trail,” said a police officer.The police are also on the lookout for one RC Angadia, who on behalf of gangster Chhota Shakeel, would collect money from the fourth accused, Pankaj Gangar arrested in the case.Gangar would provide Rs 15 lakh to Angadia for Shakeel, who is in Pakistan, through hawala channels. The police suspects that Shakeel is also running a matka betting racket in Mumbai and other cities and the money would be sent by the accused as his commission in the business.”The Angadia operator and another middleman will be arrested soon. Our team is also in Bihar to look for two of Kaskar’s shooters and raids are being conducted at several locations there with the help of a Special Task Force. The shooters are hiding at the Nepal border,” said another senior officer.

Iqbal Kaskar linked to Guj duty drawback racket

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Fugitive gangster Dawood Ibrahim’s brother Iqbal Kaskar, who has been arrested in an extortion case by the Thane police, has allegedly revealed during his interrogation that he was a key player in a duty drawback racket run from Surat in Gujarat. Police sources said at Kaskar’s instance, diamonds would be send abroad, a lower quantity of diamonds would be shown on official records than the actual amount and duty would be evaded.A Gujarat-based top hawala trader who is suspected to be part of this racket is on the police radar, sources added.”During his interrogation on Thursday, Kaskar claimed he was part of a duty drawback racket wherein diamonds worth thousands of dollars would be sent abroad.This would be done under the pretext of legitimate export trade from Surat in a fraudulent manner and duty would be evaded. We are grilling him more about this racket,” said a Thane Police officer who is interrogating Iqbal.A Surat-based hawala operator, who was being probed by the Enforcement Directorate in Gujarat in a hawala case involving a massive amount in March this year, was allegedly connected to Kaskar’s duty drawback racket, the officer said.”We suspect that a few custom officials from Gujarat are also part of this racket. We also suspect that a few shell companies were created to run this racket. There are several things that need to be known about this racket. We are questioning him about the others who were involved in this racket, since when the racket has been functioning, and where the money generated from this racket was invested and how. Once we get all the information, we will inform central agencies concerned with this racket,” said the officer.”Kaskar has also claimed he was a sleeping partner with a few businessman and builders from Mumbai. He also claimed that his brother Dawood Ibrahim was in good health and not critically unwell, as it had been speculated in the past,” the officer added.Earlier this month, Kaskar was arrested by a team led by former encounter specialist Pradeep Sharma who now heads the anti-extortion cell of Thane Crime Branch. Since his arrest, Kaskar has made several revelations about the extortion racket he was allegedly running on the instructions of Chhota Shakeel, a close lieutenant of Dawood. Kaskar also revealed he had spoken to Dawood’s wife Mehajabeen over phone last year when she had traveled to Dubai.

Meet real Haseena Parkar, the ‘Godmother of Nagpada’, ‘Queen of Mumbai’: 10 facts

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>This Friday, if you plan to watch Haseena Parkar, the movie, then this space is just for you.By now you know that Shraddha Kapoor plays the titular role of Haseena Parker, sister of Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar, India’s most wanted criminal.But do you know who was real Haseena Parkar? Are you aware that once upon a time, Haseena ruled Mumbai like a queen and was known as Godmother of Nagpada?If your answers are all nos, then here are five facts about the real Haseena Parkar:1: Haseena Parker was the younger sister of Dawood Ibrahim, seventh among 11 siblings, who was married to Ismail Parker.2: It was the murder of Ismail Parkar by Dawood’s rival Arun Gawli gang that led Haseena into the crime world. Dawood took revenge of Ismail’s murder in JJ Hospital shootout in 1991.3: Soon, Haseena moved in Golden Hall Apartments in Nagpada, which became her criminal heaquarters.4: While Nagpada residents called her ‘aapa’ or elder sister, it is said that Haseena ran her crime syndicate from Golden Hall and reportedly had assets worth Rs 5,000 crore.5: From Hawala, to overseas rights of Bollywood movies, from extortion to construction sector, Haseena had say in everything. She ruled Mumbai like an underworld queen.6: Such was her influence in 2007 that every builder would ask her to get them permission from slum dwellers to for their projects.7: Back in 90s, when the cable war had just started, all cable operators would ask Haseena to demarcate areas of operations.8: Haseena Parker died of heart attack on July 7, 2014.9: According to an Indian Express report, between 2005 and 2007, Haseena Parker was the most tailed Dawood family member, with intelligence inputs of sightings of her in Dubai as she left the country for religious tours.10: Haseen Parker is survived by three children – two daughters and a son.

Narendra Modi’s fear made Dawood change hideouts four times since 2014, reveals Iqbal Kaskar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Dawood Ibrahim, one of India’s most wanted criminals, is hiding in Pakistan and his security has been tightened after the formation of Narendra Modi led NDA government at the Centre. Recently, Dawood’s security has also been stepped up by fifty percent to counter any surprise attack. This has been revealed by Iqbal Kaskar–brother of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim–who has been arrested in an extortion case by Thane police. Dawood has changed his hideout four times in Pakistan since 2014 as he fears Narendra Modi government is making all efforts to arrest him, claimed Iqbal Kaskar during the interrogation. Dawood still remains in touch with his family members, but never talks to them on phone, revealed Iqbal. Dawood’s men keep him updated about his family, and whenever required, Dawood goes all out to extend help to his family. India has repeatedly raised the issue of Dawood hiding in Pakistan, but our neighbour has always refuted the charge. Iqbal Kaskar has revealed many details about Dawood and his illegal business operations. According to Iqbal, his brother Dawood has got involved with drug cartel of Mexico. Dawood is heavily investing in drugs these days and making all efforts to extend his roots in Latin America and African countries. He has already forged an alliance with local drug suppliers in these countries, revealed Iqbal Kaskar.Earlier, the Thane Police on Tuesday claimed that in the past four years at least 20 builders, jewellers and businessmen from Mumbai and nearby cities were allegedly targeted for extortion money by Iqbal Kaskar and his aides. The police will now record the statement of these ‘victims’ of Kaskar in order to bolster their case against him.

Cops likely to invoke MCOCA against Iqbal Kaskar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Thane police are setting the groundwork for applying the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) against fugitive gangster Dawood Ibrahim’s brother Iqbal Kaskar and his two aides in connection with the extortion racket case.A police source said they are now in the process of checking technicalities to invoke the Act and have written a letter to the Mumbai Police asking for Kaskar’s past record and details of the cases registered against Kaskar and his aides.To apply MCOCA in the case the police will have to prove that the gang is organised and committing crime for pecuniary gain. For application of MCOCA in a case, it is also mandatory that there should be at least two charge sheets filed in the past ten years against one of the accused in the case.

Will Iqbal Kaskar lead to Dawood Ibrahim? Unlocking D-Company mystery

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It was just another Monday at a house in south Mumbai’s Nagpada, where the occupants were busy watching Kaun Banega Crorepati and having biryani, when the Thane Police came knocking.In what could be the biggest catch for India, ex-encounter specialist Pradeep Sharma and his team detained Iqbal Ibrahim Kaskar, the younger brother of India’s most wanted criminal — Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar.On the surface, it looks like a simple case of a Mumbai underworld criminal involved in an extortion racket targeting realtors and businessmen.But why would the police arrest Iqbal Kaskar is an old extortion case now?The answer lies in a special strategy adopted by India, reportedly formulated by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, which is targeted to corner Dawood.Iqbal Kaskar is a very strong link that can help New Delhi to unmask the D-Company syndicate.The younger brother of Dawood Ibrahim, number 5 among 11 siblings, is relatively less fierce than other Kaskar brothers.An HT report quotes a police official, who said that Kaskar was a ‘softy’ in the D Company who ran extortion racket solely on ‘merit’ of his surname.Iqbal Kaskar never went with Dawood and other brothers Anees and Noora to Pakistan.He migrated to Dubai in late 80s, where he used to sell electronic items in shops given to him by Dawood.After 9/11 attacks, when the security forces came down on the D Company, Iqbal Kaskar was deported to India in 2003.He was booked in two case but was released on bail in 2007. The police said that he was running the extortion racket from the home of his sister Haseena Parker after her death in 2014.As the latest reports suggest that Iqbal Kaskar was in touch with his brother Anees Ibrahim, the police may be able to prove the link between Kaskar and his brothers in Pakistan.Amid all this, another important link in the D-Company mystery is Chota Rajan.Once a great friend and partner, Chota Rajan is now an arch enemy of Dawood Ibrahim.Arrested in Indonesia in 2015, Chota Rajan may be helping Indian security agencies with such specific intel.He is providing much insight to the police to nab the second most richest gangster in the world after Pablo Escobar, an HT report said.With arrest of Iqbal Kaskar, Dawood Ibrahim must be having sleepless nights in his plush home in Karachi.

Iqbal Kaskar can be externed from city

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After his arrest in an extortion case by Thane Police, fugitive underworld don Dawood Ibrahim’s brother Iqbal Kaskar might just be externed out of the limits of Mumbai.In 2015, a preventive action was initiated against Kaskar and he was declared as a “dangerous person” to the community after which a bond and surety were signed by him assuring good behaviour for a period not exceeding three years before an officer having quasi-judicial powers. However, Kaskar breached this condition of this bond, after which he is likely to face externment.The Dongri police had initiated a process of preventive action on May 26, 2015, against Kaskar after which a bond was signed by him on October 20, 2015, before Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) of Dongri Division, Mangesh Pote. A case of extortion was registered against Kaskar at JJ Marg police station after the complainant alleged that Kaskar demanded Rs 3 lakh as extortion.”In 2015, we had received a complaint against Iqbal Kaskar after which we decided to initiate the process of preventive action against him. Kaskar had signed the bond fearing externment from Mumbai jurisdiction,” said Pote.”He was told to deposit Rs 20,000 as bond and a surety in which he assured good behaviour and no indulgence in criminal activities. But now we can proceed to initiate the process of externment against Kaskar,” added Pote.YP Singh, Former IPS officer, said, “The Mumbai Police can extern Kaskar under section 55 of Bombay Police Act and can also send him behind bars for violating the bond signed by him. Moreover, the Thane Police should file separate cases against Kaskar on complaints given by the builders of Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai,” said Singh.

Diplomatic win for Modi govt, UK seizes assets owned by Dawood Ibrahim

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a major victory for Narendra Modi government, the United Kingdom (UK) government has seized properties belonging to underworld don and 1993 Mumbai serial blasts mastermind Dawood Ibrahim.Dawood Ibrahim is the only ‘Indian national’ on an updated list of financial sanctions released by the UK in August this year.The Birmingham Mail reported that Dawood owns a hotel in Warwickshire and other residential properties across the Midlands.Dawood appeared on the UK Treasury department’s ‘Consolidated List of Financial Sanctions Targets in the UK’ updated, with three recorded addresses in Pakistan, where he is reportedly based.He is recorded to have lived at: House No 37, 30th Street – Defence Housing Authority, Karachi, Pakistan; Noorabad, Karachi, Pakistan (Palatial bungalow in the hilly area); and White House, Near Saudi Mosque, Clifton, Karachi, Pakistan address on record until last year – House no.29, Margalla Road, F 6/2 Street no.22, Karachi, Pakistan – is no longer part of the records.Ibrahim is the main accused in the 1993 serial bomb blasts case in Mumbai in which around 260 people were killed, and more than 700 suffered injuries. He fled the country post the bombings and is understood to be hiding in Pakistan.A fortnight ago, former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf hinted that fugitive underworld don is in Karachi.”India has been accusing Pakistan for long. Why should we now become good and assist them? I don’t know where Dawood is. He must be here, somewhere. India has been killing Muslims and Dawood Ibrahim has been reacting,” said Musharraf in an interview with a Pakistani news channel, giving a clear indication that the wanted criminal might be putting up in Pakistan.

1993 Mumbai blasts case: Abu Salem, Karimullah Khan get life term; Tahir Merchant, Firoz Abdul Rashid Khan awarded death sentence

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A special Terrorist and Disruptive Activity (TADA) Court has awarded life term to Abul Salem. Another accused Karimullah Khan has also been jailed for life by the court in 1993 Mumbai Bomb Blasts Case. Tahir Merchant and Firoz Abdul Rashid Khan have been awarded death sentence. Another convict Riyaz Ahmed Siddique has been sentenced to 10 years in jail. Convicts will get set-off for the time they have served in jail, said Senior public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam. Tahir was taken aback by the verdict and wiped his wet eyes when the court awarded him with death penalty, while Firoz looked disturbed but composed.
ALSO READ Prosecution seeks life for Abu Salem, RiyazA special TADA court had on June 16 convicted six persons, including mastermind Mustafa Dossa and Salem, in the blasts case, 24 years after the attacks left 257 people dead in the country’s financial capital. It, however, let off accused Abdul Quayyum, for want of evidence. This was the second leg of the trial.All the accused were facing multiple charges of criminal conspiracy, waging war against the government and murder of people. The first leg that concluded in 2007, the TADA court had convicted 100 accused in the case, while 23 people were acquitted.The court had earlier held that prosecution proved Salem was one of the main conspirators and he delivered three AK-56 rifles and ammunition and hand grenades to actor Sanjay Dutt (convicted in earlier phase of trial under the Arms Act). Salem, who was close to (Dawood’s brother) Anees Ibrahim and Dossa, took upon of himself to bring a part of arms and ammunition from Dighi to Mumbai, the court earlier said.This was “vital towards achievement of the conspiracy so that the weapons could be used to terrorise and torment innocent citizens of India,” the court had said.The trial of Salem, Mustafa Dossa, Karimullah Khan, Firoz Abdul Rashid Khan, Riyaz Siddiqui, Tahir Merchant and Abdul Quayyum was separated from the main case as they were arrested subsequently.Dossa died of cardiac arrest at J J Hospital in Mumbai, shortly after being convicted, on June 28. The Mumbai blast of March 12, 1993, resulted in 257 fatalities and over 700 were injured. The attacks were planned by Dawood Ibrahim, India’s ‘most wanted’ fugitive who also has his name prominently figuring on the ‘most wanted’ lists of the US and the Interpol.

Eid al-Adha 2017: Pak rangers and BSF exchange sweets at Wagah border, celebs wish nation

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Saturday, the nation celebrated Eid al-Fitr or Eid al-Adha. PM Modi, President Kovind and a host of politicos and non-politicos wished the nation on the occasion. Pak rangers and BSF officials also exchanged sweets at the border.Like Eid al-Fitr, Id-ul-Zuha or Eid al-Adha begins with a prayer of two rakats, followed by a sermon.Traditionally, the festival of Eid al-Adha is celebrated two days after the beginning of the Hajj pilgrimage. The starting date of this festival depends on the sighting of the new crescent moon. It begins on the 10th day of the one of the holiest months of the Islam calendar.Eid al-Adha, also called the “Sacrifice Feast,” is the second of two Muslim holidays celebrated worldwide each year and is considered the holier of the two. It honours the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son, as an act of obedience to God’s command.Officials exchange sweets at Wagah border (PTI)(PTI)Meanwhile, Pakistani rangers exchange sweets with Border Security Force (BSF) officials on the occasion of Bakrid at Indo-Pak Attari-Wagha border on Saturday. On the occasion of holy Id-ul-Zuha, Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted the nation and wished for harmony and brotherhood in the society.He took to Twitter on Saturday to express, ‘Best wishes on Id-ul-Zuha. May the spirit of harmony, brotherhood and togetherness be furthered in our society.’President Ramnath Kovind on Saturday greeted the nation as well as Indian Muslims living abroad, on the occasion of Id-ul-Zuha.‘Greetings to all my fellow citizens, especially to my Muslim brothers and sisters in India and abroad, on Idu’l Zuha,’ he wrote on Twitter.ith Eid-al-Adha being celebrated across the country today, a number of political leaders extended their greetings to the people.Congress President Sonia Gandhi said, ‘Eid is an occasion to remember the spirit of supreme sacrifice by Hazrat Ibrahim. The festival teaches us to be humble, charitable and to work for the greater good of humankind.”She added, ‘I extend my warm wishes and hope that this auspicious occasion will usher peace, harmony and equity amongst all.’Chief Minister of Goa, Manohar Parikkar also extended his wishes to the people.‘Warm greetings to everyone on the occasion of Id-ul-Zuha,’ he said.Celebrities like Amitabh Bachchan, Shabana Azmi and Anupam Kher on Saturday wished their fans on Eid al-Adha, hoping that this year will be filled with love, joy, prosperity and peace.Some of wishes posted on Twitter are:Bollywood mega star, Amitabh Bachchan, wished his fans by tweeting, ‘T 2535 – Eid al Adha Mubarak!!’‘Mubarakan’ actor Anil Kapoor, wrote, ‘Wherever you are in the world, and however you choose to celebrate today, I wish you and your loved ones a very happy and peaceful. Eid Al-Adha!’‘Meri taraf se aap Sabhi logon ko. EID MUBARAK !!! Best wishes and lots of love,’ tweeted Emraan Hashmi.Veteran actor Anupam Kher, extended his wishes by writing, ‘Eid Mubarak to all. Love, peace and happiness always.’‘Indu Sarkar’ director Madhur Bhandarkar, wrote, ‘Eid Mubarak. Wishing you and your loved ones a blessed Eid. Peace, happiness, prosperity.’Eid al-Adha, also called the “Sacrifice Feast,” is the second of two Muslim holidays celebrated worldwide each year and is considered the holier of the two.It honors the willingness of Ibrahim (Abraham) to sacrifice his son, as an act of obedience to God’s command.

Dawood may be ‘here, somewhere, but why we should assist India’: Former Pakistan Prez Musharraf

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf has hinted that fugitive underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, the key accused in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts, is in Karachi.”India has been accusing Pakistan for long. Why should we now become good and assist them? I don’t know where Dawood is. He must be here, somewhere. India has been killing Muslims and Dawood Ibrahim has been reacting,” said Musharraf in an interview with a Pakistani news channel, giving a clear indication that the wanted criminal might be putting up in Pakistan.Pakistan has consistently denied about Dawood residing there, despite India maintaining that that he indeed lives in a palatial house in Karachi. For the last 10 years, New Delhi has sent several dossiers to Islamabad in this regard, naming Ibrahim as the accused in the Mumbai blasts case.India had earlier also accused Pakistan of giving shelter to Al-Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden and a team of the United States Navy, SEALs, in a special operation, killed him on May 2, 2011.Musharraf, when asked about Pakistan’s consistent denial about Bin Laden’s erstwhile presence in their country, said, “The issue is we have human intelligence. When Osama was killed, nobody knew that he was Osama and was staying there as people thought of him as a drug dealer.””Even I have doubt that he was living in Abbotabad continuously for five years,” he added.

Dawood Ibrahim on UK asset freeze list with 3 Pak addresses

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> India’s most wanted terrorist Dawood Ibrahim remains the only “Indian national” on an updated list of financial sanctions released by the UK which also listed 21 aliases for the underworld don. It also effectively counters Pakistan’s claim that Dawood is not present in their country. The mafia boss appears on the UK Treasury department’s ‘Consolidated List of Financial Sanctions Targets in the UK’ updated on Monday with three recorded addresses in Pakistan, where he is reportedly based. “Kaskar Dawood Ibrahim” is recorded to have lived at: House No 37, 30th Street – Defence Housing Authority, Karachi, Pakistan; Noorabad, Karachi, Pakistan (Palatial bungalow in the hilly area); and White House, Near Saudi Mosque, Clifton, Karachi, Pakistan.A fourth address on record until last year ‘ House no.29, Margalla Road, F 6/2 Street no.22, Karachi, Pakistan ‘ is no longer part of the records. Ibrahim is the main accused in the 1993 serial bomb blasts case in Mumbai in which around 260 people were killed, and more than 700 suffered injuries. He fled the country post the bombings and is understood to be hiding in Pakistan. Pakistan has repeatedly denied his presence in the country.
ALSO READ When a news channel spoke to Dawood Ibrahim His place of birth is recorded as Kher, Ratnagiri, Maharashtra, and his nationality is listed as “Indian” with a recorded Indian passport which was subsequently revoked by the government of India?and then goes on to list a string of Indian and Pakistani passports acquired by him and misused.”Father’s name is Sheikh Ibrahim Ali Kaskar, Mother’s name is Amina Bi, Wife’s name is Mehjabeen Shaikh. Also referred to as Hizrat and Mucchad,” the listing on Ibrahim, first made on November 7, 2003, notes. The listing also records 21 aliases used by Ibrahim: Abdul, Shaikh, Ismail; Abdul Aziz, Abdul Hamid; Abdul Rehman, Shaikh, Mohd, Ismail; Anis, Ibrahim, Shaikh, Mohd; Bhai, Bada; Bhai, Dawood; Bhai, Iqbal; Dilip, Aziz; Ebrahim, Dawood; Farooqi, Sheikh; Hasan, Kaskar, Dawood; Hassan, Dawood; Ibrahim, Anis; Ibrahim, Dowood, Hassan, Shaikh; Kaskar, Daud, Hasan, Shaikh, Ibrahim; Kaskar, Daud, Ibrahim, Memon; Kaskar, Dawood, Hasan, Ibrahim; Memon, Dawood, Ibrahim; Sabri, Dawood; Sahab, Haji; and Seth, Bada.The financial sanctions list also included organisations such as the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), Khalistan Zindabad Force and Hizbul Mujahideen. A series of affiliates of ‘Al-Qaeda’ and the ‘Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’ are also recorded on the list. Financial sanctions in force could apply to individuals, entities and governments who may be resident in the UK or abroad.The measures include prohibiting the transfer of funds to a sanctioned country and freezing the assets of a government, the corporate entities and residents of the target country to targeted asset freezes on individuals/entities. Certain financial sanctions may also prohibit providing or performing other financial services, such as insurance, to designated individuals or governments. It is a criminal offence to breach a financial sanction, without an appropriate licence or authorisation from the UK Treasury.

Cong Leader Ibrahim files nomination for upper House bypoll

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress leader C M Ibrahim today filed his nomination for the Legislative Council bypoll scheduled on August 31. He was accompanied by Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, Karnataka PCC President G Parameshwara and Working President Dinesh Gundu Rao. Congress President Sonia Gandhi had approved Ibrahim’s name for the bypoll on August 18. The filing of nomination had begun on August 14. Ibrahim was former civil aviation minister in the H D Deve Gowda ministry. The bypoll was necessitated by the death of BJP member Vimala Gowda, who passed away on April 17. The last date for filing nomination is August 21. The Karnataka assembly election is slated for early next year.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Pradeep Sharma set to return to police force?

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former police officer Pradeep Sharma, one of the famed `encounter specialists’ of Mumbai police, would be reinstated soon, a source said today. Inspector Sharma had been dismissed in 2008. The state home department has cleared his reinstatement, and he will join the force after some formalities are completed, a senior police official said. Sharma, who joined the police force in 1983, was credited with several `encounter’ deaths in Mumbai before his dismissal from the service in 2008 for alleged links with the Dawood Ibrahim gang and his role in the Lakhan Bhaiyya fake encounter, the official said. Sharma was arrested in Lakhan Bhaiyya case in 2010 alongwith 21 others. While 13 policemen were convicted in the case in July 2013, Sharma was acquitted by the court.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

2 gutka manufacturers, accused of helping Dawood gang set up

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A special MCOCA court here today granted bail to gutka manufacturers Rasiklal Dhariwal and Jagdish Mohanlal Joshi in a case, in which the two have been accused of helping the Dawood Ibrahim gang to set up a gutka plant in Karachi, Pakistan. Special Judge S M Bhosale granted bail to the two. Dhariwal and Joshi were named by an arrested aide of Anees Ibrahim, the brother of fugitive gangster Dawood, during his confession to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). The CBI had, in 2016, filed a supplementary charge sheet against Dhariwal and Joshi. Earlier, on August 26, 2016, the court had granted interim bail to the duo. The first charge sheet in the case was filed in 2005 against Anees’s aide Jamiruddin Ansari, who stated in his confession that he had seen Joshi with Anees in Dubai in 2000. According to the prosecution, Ansari had also told the investigators that Joshi was seeking Anees’s help to recover some dues from Dhariwal, who too went to Dubai after being summoned by the gangster. Subsequently, they went to Karachi, where Dawood acted as a mediator and settled the issue, he told the investigators. According to Ansari, Joshi and Dhariwal later helped Anees set up a gutka plant in Karachi.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

When a news channel spoke to Dawood Ibrahim

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Thursday, a news channel tracked down fugitive gangster Dawood Ibrahim’s whereabouts in Pakistan and even spoke to the gangster responsible for 1993 Mumbai blasts.When CNN-News18’s reporter called him, the phone was reportedly picked up the underwood don who soon realised his mistake and tried to salvage the situation. The don identified himself instead as Javed Chotani, saying this is ‘Chotani speaking’ before handing over the phone to the real Javed Chotani.A bookie who reportedly worked as middle-man between Dawood and players, Chontani is believed to be running Dawood’s businesses in Dubai.The news channel ran the voice sample past several sources who reportedly confirmed it was the underworld don’s voice. Dawood is wanted in India for the 1993 serial bomb blasts in Mumbai in which 257 people were killed and nearly a thousand injured. He is also accused of masterminding other terror attacks and of money laundering and extortion

Gutkha baron Jagdish Joshi gets tax relief

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a tax relief to Jagdish Joshi, owner of Goa Gutka, the Bombay High Court has rejected the appeal of Income Tax (I-T) department challenging an order of the I-T tribunal, directing the assessing officer to delete an amount of Rs 11 crore from his income. The amount, the department claimed, was made on account of business receipts from competitor, Raisklal Dhariwal of Manickchand group, during the assessment year 2000-2001. Dhariwal and Joshi were business partners until 1995 when Joshi left to start his own company. It is alleged that Joshi demanded an amount as his share for having contributed to the growth of the company, but Dhariwal refused to pay up.In 1999, it is alleged that Joshi approached gangster Anees Ibrahim to help him get the money from Dhariwal. The trio met in Dubai, but Dhariwal refused to pay. Then, they were summoned to Karachi to meet Dawood Ibrahim, who finally settled the dispute for `11 crore.The court after going through the facts of the case held that “That it is alleged in the confessional statment of an accused” that dhariwal and joshi were partners etc. Present assessee has received amount from Dhariwal that is the statement of an accused in MCOCA case, the statement has not been confronted to the assessee to verify whether the amount was actually paid to the assesse. It is further observed that no corroborative evidence has been produced to substantiate the fact of alleged payment.

HC asks Centre, police to reassess threat to Hindu body chief

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi High Court today directed the Centre and the Delhi Police to re-evaluate the threat perception to Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha chief Swami Chakrapani, who was in news for burning a car that purportedly belonged to underworld don Dawood Ibrahim. Chakrapani has approached the high court seeking a direction to the Union Ministry of Home Affairs and the police to restore the ‘Z’ category security cover provided to him last year after four person were arrested for planning an attack on him, but was withdrawn on June 28. Taking note of the circumstances, Justice Vibhu Bakhru said, “The government and the police are directed to re- evaluate the threat perception and provide security cover as they consider necessary.” Regarding Chakrapani’s allegation that the decision to withdraw his security was malafide and politically motivated, the court said it was not examining this issue and it expected that the police go into it independently. The court said that the police shall share with Chakrapani its decision and the extent of security to be provided to him, so that if he was dissatisfied with it, he would be at liberty to arrange private security cover. Advocate Rajesh Raina, appearing for Chakrapani, argued that the decision to withdraw the security cover was illegal and without any justification or any intimation to him. He said it was withdrawn in an arbitrary manner without any reason and alleged that it was done due to some political vendetta against the Hindu mahasabha chief as he has been vocal against the government on various issues. He sought a direction to the authorities to restore the ‘Z’ level security and provide better security in the light of the “lingering threats to the life of petitioner from global terrorist Dawood Ibrahim and Chhota Shakeel as well as his henchmen thereby protecting the life, limb and property of the petitioner”. The counsel claimed that Chakrapani was receiving threats from gangsters Chhota Shakeel, members of Dawood Ibrahim’s gang and that he was not able to move freely without security cover as he has become vulnerable to attacks. It was alleged in the plea that the police apprehended certain persons were engaged to assassinate him and it warned him to be alert. Chakrapani, who won the car at an open auction in Mumbai on December 9, 2015, had publicly burnt the vehicle purportedly belonging to Dawood Ibrahim in Ghaziabad. He was provided ‘Z-category’ security, consisting of round-the-clock cover by commandoes and pilot and escort vehicles during travel, in June last year after four persons were arrested for planning an attack on him.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

39 abducted Indians alive, in Iraq jail: Govt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The government on Sunday rekindled hopes of families of 39 Indians abducted in Iraq by the ISIS three years ago. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, quoting an information received from the Iraqi intelligence sources, said that they may be lodged in a jail in Badush in northwest of Mosul. While Mosul was recently liberated by the Iraqi forces, Badush remains under the ISIS control. She said that the Iraqi foreign minister Ibrahim al-Eshaiker al-Jaafari, who is visiting India on July 24, may come with some more information about the abducted Indians.Briefing family members of the abducted men, who are mostly from Punjab, Swaraj said that the information was gathered by the Minister of State for External Affairs, VK Singh, who rushed to Erbil in Kurdish-controlled northern Iraq – the closest major city to Mosul. He had held a series of meetings with senior Iraqi officials, including many in Baghdad.Earlier reports had suggested that ISIS terrorists had lodged the Indian workers at a church in Mosul. But there was no trace of them after the city was liberated by Iraqi forces recently. “We remain engaged at a very senior level with the Iraqi authorities,” External Affairs spokesperson Gopal Baglay said.VK Singh left only next day when Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi declared victory over the ISIS in Mosul. Since then he has met Kurdish leaders in Erbil and Iraqi leaders, including foreign minister Ibrahim Al-Jaafari, deputy foreign minister Nazar Khairallah, national security advisor Faleh Al-Fayyad and the secretary-general of Iraq’s council of ministers Mahdi Al-Alaq in Baghdad.Swaraj said that VK Singh was told that Indians were deployed at a hospital construction site and then shifted to a farm. They were then taken to a jail in Badush where fighting between the ISIS and Iraqi forces is still on. “East Mosul has been completely freed from ISIS and now buildings are being sanitised and authorities are not allowing civilians to go there as there may be bombs and other explosives. In West Mosul, fighting is still on,” she said.

No evidence to show Salem was part of 1993 conspiracy: lawyer

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The lawyer of extradited gangster Abu Salem today argued before the special TADA court here that his client was not a part of the conspiracy which led to the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts. The court for Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act cases had last month convicted Salem and five others in the case. The court is now hearing arguments on the quantum of sentence. Seeking a lesser punishment for his client, Salem’s lawyer Sudeep Passbola said there was no evidence that Salem was a part of the conspiracy, nor was there any evidence that he attended the meetings where the blasts were plotted. There was nothing to show that he was even in contact with the masterminds of the conspiracy, advocate Passbola said, adding, “Salem played a very limited role”. Salem was not acting at the instructions of main conspirators Dawood Ibrahim, Tiger Memon or Mohammed Dossa (all of them absconding), the lawyer added. It cannot be said that Salem was in a “commanding position” (among the blasts accused) just because he later absconded, the lawyer said, adding that the former gangster did not know why the arms and ammunition were being transported. He learnt about it at a later stage, the lawyer claimed. According to the CBI, Salem was involved in transporting arms and ammunition which were smuggled into India prior to the blasts. The arguments will continue tomorrow. The special TADA court had on June 16 convicted six people and acquitted one in the case. In the first set of trial in connection with the 1993 blasts case, the court had convicted a hundred accused. The trial of Salem and others was separated as they were arrested later.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Watch | 93 Mumbai Blasts: Acquitted Sheikh Abdul Qayyum speaks after returning home from Arthur Road Jail

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sheikh Abdul Qayyum, who was acquitted of all the charges by the special TADA court in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case, was today released from the Arthur Road jail. Qayyum, speaking to reporters after his release, said that he will continue to stay in the country and start a business of his own to earn a living. “I request (authorities) that the innocent should be spared and not made to suffer. India is my country and I will stay here and do business to earn a livelihood,” Qayyum said.He was acquitted by the court yesterday and left Arthur Road Jail on Saturday evening around 6 PM. He returned to his house after a long time. Watch him interact with DNA below: 257 people died while 713 others were injured after a series of bomb blasts rocked Mumbai on March 12, 1993.Underworld don Dawood Ibrahim along with Tiger Memon are the prime conspirators in the case.Special TADA court on Friday found Abu Salem and Mustafa Dossa guilty of criminal conspiracy charges.Along with the two gangsters, Firoz Khan, Karimullah Khan, Taher Merchant were also found guilty of conspiracy charges levelled against them.Accused Riaz Siddiqui was convicted under TADA Act but was acquitted of all other charges.According to the TADA court, prosecution failed to prove charges of conspiracy against Siddiqui.The Court has set next hearing date on June 20, to decide the date for argument on quantum of sentence.With inputs from PTI

Satisfied with verdict, says Maria who led Mumbai blasts’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Retired IPS officer Rakesh Maria, who headed the probe in the 1993 Mumbai serial bomb blasts, today welcomed the conviction of six persons, including mastermind Mustafa Dossa and gangster Abu Salem, in the case. A special TADA court today convicted six persons in the case. While Dossa was convicted on charges of conspiracy and murder, Salem was found guilty of transporting weapons from Gujarat to Mumbai ahead of the blasts. “People who hatched the conspiracy with Dawood Ibrahim in Dubai got convicted. It is a good judgement and I am satisfied with it,” Maria, the former police commissioner of Mumbai, told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Mumbai blasts 1993: Six men found guilty

The blasts killed 257 people, and were allegedly to avenge the killing of Muslims in riots.

Arrested Chotta Shakeel aide wanted to become like Dawood

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Junaid Chaudhary, the arrested Chhota Shakeel aide who was allegedly planning to kill Pakistan-born Canadian writer Tarek Fatah, wanted to become a big gangster like fugitive don Dawood Ibrahim. The 21-year-old, who was nabbed on the intervening night of June 7 and 8 from Wazirabad road in northeast Delhi,thought the killing of Fatah would land him in Tihar Jail where he would kill Chhota Rajan, once a right-hand man of Ibrahim and now his arch rival, police sources said. The sources said he wanted to become a big gangster like Ibrahim and his close aide Shakeel. He would get in touch with Shakeel through WhatsApp to avoid detection, the sources said. Chaudhary was arrested in June last year along with Roger Robinson, Yunus and Manish with arms and hawala money sent by Shakeel, but was released on bail within four months. They had been planning to kill Hindu Mahasabha chief Swami Chakrapani and Chhota Rajan at that time.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

India should immediately reclaim POK, says Baba Ramdev

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Yoga guru Baba Ramdev today said that India should immediately reclaim Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) as it was the root cause of all the problems emanating from Pakistan.”All the problems emanating from Pakistan is because of PoK and hence India should immediately reclaim PoK,” Ramdev said. He said India should destroy all terrorits camps operating from PoK. Yoga guru was talking to reporters on the third and concluding day of a three-day yoga-cum-meditation camp organised by his Patanjali as part of Champaran Satyagrah centenary celebrations here at historic Gandhi Maidan. Holding terrorists like Azhar Masood, Hafiz Sayeed, Dawood Ibrahim responsible for bloodshed at the Indo-Pak border, Ramdev said that these terrorists should be handed over to India, dead or alive.He, however, praised the people of Pakistan saying that they were good and peace loving people except some bad elements who believe in bloodshed. Replying to a query on human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir, Ramdev said that Indian army personnel too had their human rights. In reply to another question, he said that Patanjali Yogpeeth would set up a unit in Bihar to process products like jaggery, honey and litchi among others this year.Besides, Ramdev said that Patanjali would also start work on ‘cow research and promotion centre’ in Bihar in near future. Ramdev heaped praise on the Nitish government’s decision to implement prohibition in the state and said that ‘yoga education’ be included in the government and private schools in the state. Inclusion of yoga as part of education would help better the future of students, he said while making it clear that “Yoga is not a political agenda at all.”

Centre has failed to handle internal security issues: Cong

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Senior Congress leader R P N Singh today alleged that the Centre has “failed” to handle internal security issues in naxal-affected areas and in Jammu and Kashmir. “The BJP is celebrating three years of being in office at a time when the country is facing internal security and foreign policy issues with Pakistan and China,” he said here. When the UPA was in power, the BJP had created an uproar that the government had failed to address internal security issues, Singh said. “In fact, on the internal security and foreign policy fronts, the current government in the Centre has knelt down before Pakistan,” he said. The Congress had made efforts to bring peace and normalcy in Jammu and Kashmir, and was better in dealing with internal security issues, Singh said. He claimed that 172 terrorist attacks have been reported in the country in last three years, of which 12 were severe attacks. “More than 570 jawans have died in three years and more than 1,300 cease fire violations have been reported in Jammu and Kashmir in last three years,” Singh claimed. He said, “Our security establishments are being attacked and they call the ISI to get it probed. Is it nationalism or something to boast about with a 56-inch chest.” “At present, more than 9,000 posts for officers, 25,000 for JCOs and 52,000 for jawans,” Singh said. The defence budget is being reduced and even the allocated budget is not being utilised properly, the Congress leader alleged. “BJP agents are being caught in Madhya Pradesh and Assam for anti-national activities. BJP MLAs are found attending wedding function of Dawood Ibrahim’s family members in Maharashtra and they teach lessons of nationalism,” Singh said. The Centre has no policy to deal with naxalism and China, which is in the process of building an economic corridor, Singh said. BJP supports the ‘Make-in-India’ campaign but in fact imports of Chinese goods have increased in last three years of BJP rule, he claimed.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Cops attend marriage of Dawood’s ‘relative’; face inquiry

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Some police officials reportedly attending the marriage of a woman, whose family members are said to be distant relatives of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, here recently has caused a flutter. Taking cognisance, city police commissioner Ravindra Singhal today ordered an internal inquiry against the concerned police personnel. Some personnel attached to Bhadrakali police station in Old City area reportedly attended the marriage ceremony held at a posh mall in Mahatma Nagar area on Monday. The invitation for the marriage was reportedly given to the police personnel by some Muslim clerics. The bridegroom is the son of a former local corporator. Some politicians, including MLAs and corporators, reportedly attended the function too. However, police commissioner Ravindra Singhal said he could not confirm this though he conceded that the invitation was indeed sent to some politicians. “The invitation for the marriage was sent to some police officials of Bhadrakali police station and also to some corporators, political personalities, MLAs etc.,” he told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

1999 fake currency case: Mumbai police secure non-bailable warrant against Dawood Ibrahim

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid reports of underworld don and 1993 serial blasts​ main accused Dawood Ibrahim’s deteriorating health and rumors about his death, the Mumbai police have secured a non-bailable warrant against gangster Dawood Ibrahim, reported Hindustan Times.A case against the international terrorist has been registered at Sakinaka police station in Andheri, in connection with a 1999 fake currency.The decision to seek the warrant was the outcome of an effort to consolidate Dawood’s criminal activities into a database, sources from intelligence agencies told the daily.Report said that when the judge questioned the unusual move after years, the prosecution told the court that the police had sanction to prosecute Dawood under MCOCA. However, the court agreed to issue the warrant on Thursday after a couple of hearings, and the police received it on Friday.Ibrahim has been reportedly suffering from multiple ailments for a long time now. There have also been reports that he has crippling gangrene in his legs and has also had a stroke in the past. Ibrahim is said to be receiving treatment for gangrene at his residence in the upscale Clifton neighbourhood of Karachi, and is also known to have been frequently visiting the Karachi hospital for medical rehabilitation.Ibrahim is accused of plotting the 1993 Bombay serial blasts, in which 257 people were killed. He is also accused of masterminding many other terror attacks in India and faces multiple charges of money-laundering and extortion in several countries.Earlier this year, a media report claimed that Rs 15000 crore worth of property owned by Ibrahim was seized in the UAE on the basis of a dossier provided by the Indian government.Last year, the United Nation Sanctions Monitoring Committee updated its dossier on Dawood Ibrahim. In its latest update, it is for the first time that a reference has been made to Dawood’s wife Mehjabeen Shaikh.The update, which is the fifth one since 2003, includes several aliases of Dawood as ‘Dawood Bhai’, ‘Bada Seth’, ‘Bada Bhai’, ‘Mucchad’ and ‘Haji Sahab.’

Father and brother shoot girl for family’s honour in UP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A father shot his daughter on hearing of her love affair in Uttar Pradesh?s Sambhal district on Saturday. A case has been registered at the Asomoli police station. The girl was shot by her brother as well. The victim registered her statement before magistrate. The police admitted the victim to the district hospital immediately where she was declared serious and has been referred to the higher centre. Ruby, a resident of Sambhal district, had long been engaged in a love affair with a boy named Ibrahim from her own neighbourhood. Last night, the girl was talking to her boyfriend over the phone. When, her elder sister saw her talking, she informed the family about it. Annoyed her father, Samrajr and brother Iftekhar , beat her black and blue. Early, this morning as the girl was asleep, the father and brother shot her. On hearing the sound, the villagers gathered scaring the accused into fleeing from their home. Father and son fled away from the spot. Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) B.P. Balyan and Naib tehsildar Nitin Taneja rushed to the spot. Taneja filed a magisterial statement of the woman, wherein she accused her father and brother of firing gun shots at her. The victim?s mother, however, denied the charge, saying the girl was accusing them out of anger. Police is investigating the case.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

No information on underworld don Dawood Ibrahim’s death: Mumbai police

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Speculations about India’s most wanted criminal Dawood Ibrahim’s health swirled thick and fast on Friday night, with unconfirmed reports that the fugitive Mumbai underworld don has died. However, Mumbai police has refused to give any credence to the reports doing the rounds. Speaking to DNA, senior police officers from Mumbai police department said that they have no information about Ibrahim suffering from a heart attack. The police officers tracking the Mumbai underworld denied reports on Ibrahim’s ill health in Karachi.Earlier on Friday night, a CNN-News18 report said Ibrahim had suffered a massive heart attack and is in a critical condition at Aga Khan Hospital in Karachi. A Times of India report also said that they have spoken to Ibrahim’s close aide Chota Shakeel, who had downplayed the rumours. “Listening to my voice, do you think any such thing has happened? These are all rumours. Bhai is fit and fine,” he reportedly told the daily.Ibrahim has been reportedly suffering from multiple ailments for a long time now. There have also been reports that he has crippling gangrene in his legs and has also had a stroke in the past. Ibrahim is said to be receiving treatment for gangrene at his residence in the upscale Clifton neighbourhood of Karachi, and is also known to have been frequently visiting the Karachi hospital for medical rehabilitation.However, Hindustan Times citing sources has reported that Ibrahim is neither in hospital, nor critical. They have added that he was last seen at former Pakistan cricketer Javed Miandad’s party at on April 19. Ibrahim’s daughter Mahrukh married Miandad’s son Junaid in 2005.Ibrahim is accused of plotting the 1993 Bombay serial blasts, in which 257 people were killed. He is also accused of masterminding many other terror attacks in India and faces multiple charges of money-laundering and extortion in several countries.Earlier this year, a media report claimed that Rs 15000 crore worth of property owned by Ibrahim was seized in the UAE on the basis of a dossier provided by the Indian government.(With agency inputs)

Chhota Rajan, 3 others held guilty in fake passport case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Gangster Chhota Rajan and three retired public servants were today held guilty by a special court here in a fake passport case. Special Judge Virender Kumar Goyal convicted Rajan for offences including forgery of valuable security under the IPC which entails a maximum punishment of life imprisonment. Besides him, the other persons who have been convicted are three retired government servants — Jayashree Dattatray Rahate, Deepak Natvarlal Shah and Lalitha Lakshmanan. Rajan is lodged in Tihar Jail here. The other three persons, who were out on bail, were taken into custody after the verdict was announced. The court will tomorrow hear arguments on the quantum of sentence to be awarded to the convicts. The court had on March 28 reserved its judgement in the case in which Rajan allegedly procured a fake passport in the name of Mohan Kumar with the help of the three government officials. Lakshmanan had approached the high court to transfer to Bengaluru her trial in the case but the petition was rejected on January 9 on the ground that a district court here could also hear the matter. During pendency of the plea, the high court had ordered a stay on pronouncement of verdict in the case by trial court. However, the high court later rejected the plea. All the four persons have been convicted of offences under sections 420 (cheating), 471 (using as genuine a forged document), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), 467(forgery of valuable security or will), 419(cheating by impersonation) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC and section 12 (offences and penalties) of the Passport Act. Deported after being on the run for 27 years, the 55-year old gangster, once a close aide of fugitive terrorist Dawood Ibrahim, was brought to India to face trial in over 70 cases of murder, extortion and drug smuggling in Delhi and Mumbai. Rajan was deported to India after his arrest in Bali in October 2015.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Right-wing outfits hold protest for Jadhav’s release

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Members of various right-wing organisations led by the Hindu Jan Jagriti Samiti held a demonstration at Dadar in Central Mumbai today demanding the release of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav who has been awarded death sentence by a military court in Pakistan. Organisations like ‘Hindu Govansh Raksha Samiti’, ‘Swarajya Hindusthan Pratishthan’, ‘Bajrang Dal’, ‘Sanatan Sanstha’ participated in the protest, wherein they shouted slogans against Pakistan by holding banners in their hands. Hindu Jan Jagriti Samiti demanded that Pakistan should rather dare hang the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed, and Underworld don Dawood Ibrahim who is hiding in that country. “Pakistan has always resorted to oneupmanship while dealing with Bharat. Jadhav’s case is an example of this. His case was purposefully heard in a military court so as to refuse him an opportunity to defend himself, and the decision to hang him was taken,” said Samiti spokesperson Uday Dhuri. He said Jadhav was a patriot who had served as an officer in Indian Navy. “Pakistan should rather show the courage to apprehend and hang the Lashkar-E-Taiba co-founder Hafiz Saeed or infamous goon Dawood Ibrahim, instead of hanging Jadhav,” Dhuri demanded. He said, “If Pakistan still ignores our concerns, then India should stop Sindhu river water and close embassies in both the countries to teach Pakistan a lesson.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Khadse-Dawood link: Hacker Manish Bhangale held for forgery

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>’Ethical’ hacker Manish Bhangale, who had accused former Maharashtra minister Eknath Khadse of receiving calls from Dawood Ibrahim’s Karachi residence, was arrested today for allegedly creating a fake phone bill in this connection. Bhangale had created the fake mobile bill on a computer to show call records between Khadse and Dawood’s residence in Pakistan, an official said. “We arrested Bhangale today and he will be produced in court in some time,” Sanjay Saxena, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

BJP cites media report to say Dawood Ibrahim’s properties seized in UAE

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Citing a media report, BJP on Wednesday claimed that properties worth Rs 15000 crore owned by Dawood Ibrahim, one of India’s most wanted criminals, have been seized in the UAE on the basis of a dossier provided by the Indian government.”Major diplomatic success of PM Modi: One of India’s most wanted criminals, Dawood Ibrahim’s properties worth Rs. 15,000 crore seized in UAE,” the official Twitter account of the party claimed.”Master stroke diplomacy by PM Narendra Modi hits at the right place. Prime Minister had handed handed over the list of his (Dawood’s) assets to the UAE government during his 2015 visit and demanded action,” a graphic put out by it said.The saffron party quoted a media report to make the claim. Efforts are on to bring Dawood to face law in India, it added.

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