Abdur Rauf Daud Merchant, known ally of Underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, who is wanted in the Gulshan Kumar murder case was set free in Bangladesh on Tuesday and is to be handed over to India. Abdur Daud is known to be a close aide of Dawood Ibrahim, accused of having a hand in the Mumbai terror attacks. Abdur Daud is known as the convicted murderer of Indian music icon Gulshan Kumar. Daud was acquitted under the Section 54 of the Penal Code by Dhaka’s Chief Metropolitan Magistrate court on Nov 3, which gives the Police the permission to arrest anybody under suspicion. Daud is currently under the process of extradition to India.
In 2009, Daud had illegally entered Bangladesh while he was on a 14-day parole. The Bangladesh police had later arrested him and aide of his after tracking them down. The police had arrested them on the charges of passport forging and trespassing at the Bangladesh border. He had been released on bail in December of 2014. Although, he was arrested again, only four days later under the Section 54 and was placed on remand.
The Indian government had been pressurising the Bangladesh government to go through the process of extradition of Abdur Daud as quickly as possible but the matter had been stuck for 2 years. With his release from Bangladesh, India would be hoping to nab the notorious aide of Dawood Ibrahim and pit him to justice.