The Mumbai police on Friday dismissed reports of an attack on two of India’s most wanted criminals — underworld kingpin Dawood Ibrahim and his younger brother Anees — in Karachi on Thursday night by a rival gang over a land-deal dispute.
The top brass of the Mumbai Crime Branch said they had neither received confirmation about the reported attack from their sources nor was there any information from central intelligence agencies about it.
“We have no information about any such attack on Anees or Dawood,” Additional Commissioner of Police (crime) Deven Bharati told Hindustan Times on Friday even as television news channels broadcast the reports, mostly based on unconfirmed sources. “In all possibility, it appears untrue,” Bharati added.
The reports claimed that members of a rival gang in Karachi fired at Dawood’s bungalow around midnight. A bullet hit Anees on the neck and Dawood too was shot at.
The Mumbai police want Anees in several narcotics cases and the murder of music baron Gulshan Kumar in 1997. The Central Bureau of Investigation has issued an award of Rs 10 lakh for him.