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Ten Dawood aides brought for questioning: Police

Written by: Staff

Mumbai, Nov 21 (UNI) Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Meera Borwankar today said the 10 alleged aides of the underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, deported here by United Arab Emirates (UAE) authorities, have been ''brought for questioning'' in a special operation undertaken by Deputy Commssioner of Police (Crime) Dhananjay Kamlakar.

She told reporters here this evening that all accused were neither ''arrested'' nor ''detained'', but have been ''brought for questioning''.

Ms Borwankar refused to dwell on the operational details, saying ''the operation was a result of successful coordination and cooperation of law enforcing agencies in totality.'' She said all the accused under interrogation were history sheeters with charges of murder, extortion and were affliated to the Dawood Ibrahim, Chotta Shakeel and Fahim Machmach gangs in various capacities.

Declaring it as a fatal blow to the city's crime syndicate bosses, she said, ''We have already crossed the middle path in eliminating the very roots of the organised crime,'' and expressed possibility of more persons being cornered in the coming days.

Asked whether the accused were extradited or deported by the UAE authorities, she declined comment, citing technical and operational reasons. When further quipped, on the role of other agencies, she refrained from making any comments.

Arif Abubaker Shaikh (43) and Shahid Miya Nathu Miya Qureshi (33), brothers-in-law and Mohammed Salim Mohammed Iqbal Qureshi alias Salim Fruit (33) cousin brother of Chotta Shakeel are among the 10 people being held by the Crime Branch. The others are Anjum Adam Phajalani (48), Jamil Haji Abdul Jabbar Shaikh Jamil alias Baba Sanjay (31), Shaikh Mohammed Sabir Suleman (42), Sayyed Zaki Mehandi (39) Mustafa Ameen Gulam Mehmood (31), Shakil Shaikh Ahmed alias Khota Shakil (36) and Abdul Aziz Ibrahim Dholakia (50), informed Ms Borwankar.

All the ten, wanted by the Mumbai Police, were immediately arrested by the Crime Branch at the international airport in the wee hours today as they alighted here, informed sources said Earlier, the UAE authorities had deported Iqbal Sheikh Kaskar, younger brother of Dawood Ibrahim, and Ejaz Pathan, a close aide of the underworlddon, who was convicted by the designated TADA court here yesterday, for their involvement in the 1993 serial blasts.

India and the UAE had signed an extradition treaty in 1999 for seeking the extradition of Win Chadha, an accused in the Bofors case.

The treaty provides a legal framework for seeking the extradition of terrorists, economic offenders and other criminals from the UAE.

As a result, it will be possible to serve summons and the judicial authority of both the countries on the request of each other can execute decrees and arbitration awards passed in the territory of the other.


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