Dawood Ibrahim and his connection with Uttar Pradesh
Azam Khan, the man with the foot in the mouth disease, on Friday, Nov 21 said that Mulayam Singh's birthday bash was funded by Dawood Ibrahim. Khan is the only person who can explain why he made that statement, but here is an interesting report prepared by our intelligence agencies which goes on to show how deep the nexus between the Dawood Ibrahim gang and Uttar Pradesh has been.
Dawood's India operations are handled directly by Iqbal Kaskar who happens to the brother of India's most notorious don. As per the report of the Intelligence Bureau between the years 1999 and 2011 there were at least 80 politicians from Uttar Pradesh who have lent assistance to the D Gang and even used his money to win the elections and reach Parliament. The IB says that while the number of parliamentarians alone has been 80 there are easily over 100 MLAs who have used the services and the money of the done to reach their goal.
Uttar Pradesh has become a strategic location for the D gang as the state has provided the don with the most number of sharp shooters. The D gang which thrives on extortions relies heavily on sharp shooters. At any given time this gang has at least 200 sharp shooters and as per the records available with the police and the intelligence 130 are from Uttar Pradesh alone.
These sharp shooters were hired by Iqbal Kaskar as it was felt that these men from Uttar Pradesh were extremely good at their job. Prior to joining the D Gang many had carried out political killings. However after the appointment to the D Gang their association with the politicians continued. In fact many of these sharp shooters even created a bridge between the D Gang and these politcians.
Uttar Pradesh has also been strategic in terms of the drug and escape route for the D Gang. Bordering Nepal only made the job of the D Gang in UP easier. Not only do drugs flow into UP through Nepal, but criminals wanting a safe exit into Pakistan also use the Nepal route. The D Gang has infact appointed a set of touts too who ferry across criminals across to Nepal and then to Pakistan.
The IB says that the D Gang has been extremely close to the political set up in Uttar Pradesh. In exchange for protection from the politicians, the D Gang has given arms and also large chunks of cash to politicians. On some ocassions, even the narcotics for major political bashes have been provided by the D Gang.