India's most wanted criminal Dawood Ibrahim's younger brother Iqbal Kaskar was detained by the Thane police yesterday in a case related to alleged extortion.
India’s most wanted criminal Dawood Ibrahim’s younger brother Iqbal Kaskar was detained by the Thane police yesterday in a case related to alleged extortion. Thane CP Parambir Singh today addressed the media on the arrest and said that Iqbal Kaskar was arrested from his sister Haseena Parkar’s residence. He further said, “Three people have been arrested and 3 people are being questioned.” While talking about the involvement of Dawood in the extortion case, Singh said, “Whether Dawood Ibrahim had an indirect or direct involvement in this extortion racket run by Iqbal Kaskar will be probed.” The Thane CP then hinted that the case might involve some politicians and said, “Some politicians including Corporators could be involved, we are investigating.” He added, “Threats were given in name of Dawood, sometimes shooters were brought from outside, some brought from Bihar to forcibly evacuate properties.”
Kaskar was picked up by encounter specialist Pradeep Sharma, who was recently reinstated and posted with the Thane crime branch’s anti-extortion cell, reported India Today. As per the report, he is presently being questioned by the Thane anti-extortion cell officials.
Earlier in the month, Kaskar was asked to vacate two dilapidated buildings in Mumbai which the authorities said were acquired illegally, reported PTI. He was asked to vacate the Damarwala Building at Pakmodia Street in Bhendi Bazaar and Shabnam Guest House in JJ Marg area, both located in south Mumbai. A notice under the Smugglers and Foreign Exchange Manipulators (Forfeiture of Property) Act, 1976 or SAFEMA Act was posted outside the Damarwala building, asking the occupants to vacate it. A similar notice was also put up at Shabnam Guest House located in JJ Marg area, an official said.
On September 13 this year, underworld don Dawood Ibrahim’s assets worth a whopping Rs 43,000 crore (6.7 billion US dollar) were allegedly seized by the UK government, according to reports.