INDIA: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) conducted raids at nearly 10 locations including Nagpada in South Mumbai, linked to wanted fugitive underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, in a money laundering case on Tuesday.
According to reports, the raids were carried out in response to a case filed by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and an Enforcement Case Information Report (ECIR) filed by the ED against Dawood Ibrahim.
The NIA has filed a case against Dawood under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) after learning that he has been spreading terror activities and funnelling money through hawala channels to fund those working for him to cause unrest across India.
The presence of the Dawood gang in Punjab was recently discovered, indicating that Pakistan’s ISI has begun to use the underworld to spread terror in Punjab.
The ED officials began conducting raids on people associated with Dawood and his late sister Haseena Parkar. Dawood is believed to have set up a vast business empire since he fled India in the 1980s.
Earlier this month, security agencies had arrested Abu Bakar, a 1993 Mumbai serial blast accused and a close aide of Dawood from the UAE after 29 years of manhunt.
Dawood Ibrahim‘s criminal profile
Dawood is a wanted terrorist in connection with the 1993 serial Bombay blasts. He is the son of a police constable who was with the Mumbai police. He started his crime life with gang wars in the Dongri area of South Mumbai.
In Dongri, he got in touch with gang members of Haji Mastan and his gang war began. He was first arrested for a robbery case in the 1980s, and later his criminal activities increased manifold. He became more powerful and dangerous due to the fights between the Haji and the Pathan gangs, comprised mostly of migrants from Afghanistan.
He and his associates fled to Pakistan before the 1993 Mumbai blasts, which left 257 people dead. He has been linked to a number of terrorist organizations and is also suspected of assisting narco-terrorism through his hawala network. The sources said that a politician from Maharashtra is also under the scanner in a money laundering case being investigated by the ED.