New Delhi, Apr 26: Underworld don and India's most wanted terrorist Dawood Ibrahim, who is believed to be hiding in Pakistan's port city of Karachi, has grabbed the news headline after rumours of his ill health.
According to media report, surfaced earlier it was claimed that Dawood has been diagnosed with gangrene in his legs which is not likely to be cured. However, rumour about his poor health has been refuted by his close aide Chhota Shakel. While talking to the Times of India, Chhota Shakeel rubbished the media report about his health.
Dawood Ibrahim who is wanted in 1993 Mumbai serial blasts that left more than 200 people dead, fled India in 1986. Since then he has been living a lavish life filled with parties and prostitutes in Pakistan.
Dawood along with Islamic State chief Abu Bakr-al-Baghdadi and al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri made it to the list of world's most wanted terrorists. He had also appeared on the Forbes list of world's most powerful men several times.
India's intense effort to bring him back always resulted into vein as Pakistan has always denied his presence on its soil. Though, his hideout in Pakistan is considered as world's most open secret.
It is alleged that the 1993 Mumbai blasts were organised by Dawood Ibrahim under pressure from the Inter-Services Intelligence of Pakistan.
The D-company being operated by him from palatial house in Karachi's Clifton area, has a global presence.
A magazine News Line published an exhaustive account of his king-style life in Pakistan in 2001. The article published in the magazine by Pakistan-based reporter Ghulam Hasnain exposed Pakistan's association with Dawood Ibrahim.
Hasnain's report revealed that Dawood lived in a palatial house spread over 6,000 square yards, with swimming pool, tennis courts, snooker room and a high-tech gym. He loved wearing designer clothes and fond of cars and wine.
According to media reports, the top of the line Mercedes cars and four-wheel drives were owned by him. Black Label whisky was his favourite drink back then, and he showered money on prostitutes.
Dawood, whose father was a police inspector, managed to build up a network of informants in Mumbai Police, which allegedly works to his advantage even today.
If reports about Dawood Ibrahim's health is true then he is getting treatment for crippling gangrene at his posh residence in the upscale Clifton neighbourhood of Karachi.