Dawood hiding in Karachi, intercept shows him discussing real estate

  • Abhishek Saran, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Feb 15, 2015 08:42 IST

Fugitive underworld don Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar, who has an Interpol Red Corner Notice pending against him for allegedly being a key 1993 Mumbai serial blasts’ conspirator, has been confirmed to be located in Karachi — as disclosed by his purported voice in a recent intercept of his telephonic conversation with an aide.

In the intercept done by an Indian security agency, a voice — purportedly belonging to Dawood — indicated he is in the Pakistani city. Two months ago, there was an intercept of his conversations where he was purportedly talking about his alleged Dubai real-estate investments.

The two-minute conversation, which seemed coded in parts, featured Dawood and an aide discussing issues including: pending works at a construction site at an unclear location, arrangements with a Dubai-based aide for a business deal and the need to send “around three lakh Dirhams” to the latter via ‘Yasir’, said an investigator requesting anonymity.

When the aide said the money could be sent to Dubai via Yasir, Dawood’s voice was heard saying, “Yasir toh yahin Karachi mein hain. Theek hai, main usko bol deta hun (Yasin is here in Karachi. Okay, I will tell him)”.

The Interpol notice, issued at the behest of the CBI, that probed the 1993 blasts case, said Dawood was allegedly also involved in counterfeiting currency and organised (trans-national) crimes.

Dawood asked his aide about Yasir’s schedule and was informed that the latter would leave for Dubai on the next Saturday. The aide told Dawood that he had spoken about the Dubai ‘kaam’ (work) with Tariq. “The interception is a pointer that Dawood is in Pakistan, something the country has always denied and demanded India for evidence to establish the same. The intercept will strengthen CBI’s demand for his return via Interpol,” said the source.

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