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Major crackdown on D-gang: NIA arrests two close aides of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, Chhota Shakeel

Major crackdown on D-gang: NIA arrests two close aides of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, Chhota Shakeel

New Delhi: As the National Investigation Agency (NIA) continues its crackdown on the D-Gang in Mumbai, the probe agency on Friday arrested two Mumbai-based associates of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and close confidante Shakeel Shaikh alias Chhota Shakeel.

The arrested accused have been identified as - Arif Abubakar Shaikh (aged 59) and Shabbir Abubakar Shaikh (aged 51).

Both would be produced before an NIA special court on Friday.

As per a senior NIA official, both accused were involved in handling D-Company illegal activities and terrorist financing in the western suburbs of Mumbai.

Another official said the investigations suggest that the entire syndicate is being run by the Dawood gang from across the border and the agency has already summoned 21 persons to explain their roles,

Earlier this week, NIA conducted searches at 24 places in Mumbai Commissionerate and five places in Mira Road Bhayandar Commissionerate.

"We seized a lot of evidence in form of electronic devices, documents relating to real estate, cash, and firearms so one by one we will summon people from whose locations items have been recovered and seek explanation," explains an official.

As per the officials of the probe team, Chhota Shakeel's brother-in-law Salim Qureshi alias Salim Fruit, Suhail Khandwani, the managing trustee of Mahim and Haji Ali dargahs, Bollywood producer and the 1993 Mumbai blasts accused Sameer Hingorani, alleged hawala operator Abdul Kayyum, alleged bookie-turned builder Ajay Ghosaliya alias Ajay Ganda, Mobida Bhiwandiwala, Guddu Pathan, and restaurateur Aslam Sarodia are under the scanner of NIA.

The investigative agency had conducted raids across 29 places in Mumbai and its adjoining districts in connection with the case filed by the NIA on February 3 earlier this year too.

The case pertains to terror/criminal activities of the international terrorist network of D-Company involving Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar and his associates including Haji Anees alias Anees Ibrahim Shaikh, Shakeel Shaikh alias Chhota Shakeel, Javed Patel alias Javed Chikna and Ibrahim Mushtaq Abdul Razzaq Memon alias Tiger Memon.

They have been charged with indulging in arms smuggling, narco-terrorism, money laundering, and circulation of FICN including unauthorized possession and acquisition of key assets for raising terror funds.

According to the NIA, they are also working in active collaboration with international terrorist organizations, including Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), and Al Qaeda (AQ).

The probe agency FIR also alleges that the D-Company has created a special unit for striking terror in the people of India by attacking eminent personalities, including political leaders, businessmen, and others using lethal weapons.

The central agency also revealed that Ibrahim and his associates are planning to instigate and trigger incidents that may lead to violence in various parts of India such as Delhi, Mumbai, and other major cities.

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