The National Investigation Agency (NIA) launched a massive operation to crackdown on wanted terrorist Dawood Ibrahim’s close aides suspected of carrying out unlawful activities. The raids were conducted at Bandra, Nagpada, Parel, Goregaon, Borivali, Santacruz and Bhendi Bazar amongst other places.
The raids were conducted at the properties of various sharpshooters, drug traffickers, hawala operators and real estate managers who are known to have been working with Dawood and are directly or indirectly helping him in carrying out his notorious activities from the comfort of his potential hideout in Karachi, Pakistan.
A few months back in February the NIA registered a case against the members of D-company under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) alleging the build-up of an imminent threat to the national security. In the same case, Nawab Malik was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for his role in multiple money laundering instances.
So far NIA has arrested Salim Qureshi aka Salim Fruit who is a relative of Dawood’s trusted gang member Chhota Shakeel. Salim Fruit is believed to be in charge of hawala and narcotics mafia activities. During the arrest, some important documents were also recovered from his apartment situated on Grant Road in Mumbai.
The Ministry of Home Affairs informed, “In addition to investigating the alleged terror activities of Dawood Ibrahim and his D-Company, the elite counter-terrorism unit will also probe any traces linked to the underworld don’s henchmen- Chhota Shakeel, Javed Chikna, Tiger Menon, Iqbal Mirchi and deceased sister Haseena Parkar.”
Dawood Ibrahim is India’s most wanted terrorist who was responsible for the 1993 Bombay blasts and has been involved in extortion, murder, and smuggling routinely. According to some sources, he and his associates have developed a special cell to carry out terror activities in major Indian cities including Delhi and Mumbai by striking important political leaders, businessmen and other influential personalities which may further incite violence in India.