MUMBAI: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Monday conducted raids at more than 29 places in Mumbai on the premises of suspected hawala operators allegedly linked to underworld don Dawood Ibrahim.
The agency also detained 12 people for questioning.
As per NIA sources, the detained accused are: Munaf Mohammad Yusuf Shaikh, Suresh Shetty, Atif Sheikh aka Tabassum Sheikh, Firoz Hamid Shama, Guddu Pathan, Mohammad Salim Abdula Qureshi alias Salim Fruitwala, a close aide of Chhota Shakeel, Aslam Pathan, Ajay Gosalia, a bookie-turned-builder, Sohail Khandwani, a trustee of Mahim Dargah and Haji Ali, Sameer Hingora, a Bollywood producer and also a convict in Mumbai blast, and Qayum Shaikh, who was acquitted in 1993 bomb blast.
The NIA source also said that it has recovered arms during its searches.
An NIA spokesperson, meanwhile, said that the agency conducted searches at 24 places in Mumbai Commissionerate and five places in Mira Road Bhayandar Commissionerate in the case which it registered on February 3 this year.
The case pertains to terror or criminal activities of the international terrorist network of D-Company involving Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar and his associates including Haji Anees aka Anees Ibrahim Shaikh, Shakeel Shaikh aka Chhota Shakeel, Javed Patel aka Javed Chikna and Ibrahim Mushtaq Abdul Razzaq Memon aka Tiger Memon.
The accused are involved in arms smuggling, narco-terrorism, money laundering, circulation of fake currency notes and are in unauthorised possession or involved in acquisition of key assets for raising terror funds and working in active collaboration with international terrorist organization including Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) and Al Qaeda (AQ).
The official said that during the searches conducted at premises of the suspected associates of Dawood Ibrahim, various incriminating materials including electronic devices, documents of investments in real estate, cash and fire arms were seized.
The official said that it can also initiate action against several persons linked to D-gang involved in hawala operations and sending funds from India to other countries, which eventually reached Dawood Ibrahim in Pakistan.
The Enforcement Directorate (ED), which also registered a case of money laundering earlier this year. During its probe, it had found that the gang members were actively involved in betting, real estate and few other businesses and the money generated from these businesses reached Pakistan through various countries.
The ED had also arrested senior NCP leader and Maharashtra Minister Nawab Malik in the case, who allegedly bought a large piece of prime land in Kurla with the help of Dawood Ibrahim’s sister Haseena Parkar.
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