Fugitive Don Dawood and associates booked for extortion again
The city police of Thane has filed a charge sheet against fugitive don Dawood Ibrahim and his brothers Iqbal Kaskar, and Anees Ibrahim in connection with an extortion case filed on the complaint by a prominent builder in 2017.
“The charge-sheet was filed in the district court on Thursday,” a senior inspector of Thane police’s Anti-Extortion Cell (AEC) said today.
In October 2017, the police had registered a case of offence of extortion based on the complaint of the builder against Iqbal Kaskar and the gang members of Dawood. Dawood is the key accused in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case.
According to the builder’s complaint, Kaskar had threatened and extorted Rs. 3 crore from him over a deal of a 38-acre land in Gorai area.
During the investigation, the alleged role of Dawood and Anees also came to light following which both were shown as wanted and were accused in connection with the offence, the police had said.
“The charge-sheet, which runs into thousands of pages, lists the evidences against the accused,” the police official said, adding, “The vital documents attached to the charge sheet include papers related to the land deal along with the payment proof. It also includes statement of the witnesses.”
The accused have been booked under various sections of the IPC at the Thane Nagar police station.
“The charge sheet was filed in the district court on Thursday,” a senior inspector of Thane police’s Anti-Extortion Cell (AEC) said on Saturday.
The accused have been booked under sections 384 (extortion), 386 (extortion by putting a person in fear of death or grievous hurt) and 387 (putting a person in fear of death or grievous hurt, in order to commit extortion) of the Indian Penal Code at Thane Nagar police station.
Iqbal Kaskar and two of his aides, Mumtaz Sheikh and Israr Ali Jamil Sayyad, were arrested on September 18, 2017 by the Anti-Extortion Cell (AEC) of 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. They had also been booked following another complaint of extortion lodged by a Thane-based jeweller.
Recently, the AEC of the Thane crime branch had arrested Borivali-based businessman Pankaj Gangar in connection with the extortion racket.
Gangar, a close aide of “matka king” Pappu Savla, had been sending Rs 10-15 lakh per month to Dawood’s aide Chhota Shakeel, the police had said earlier.
He used to transfer the money to Shakeel through illegal hawala transactions, they had said.
Chhota Shakeel, whose role had also emerged in the extortion racket case, had been declared a wanted accused, the official said.