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Dawood in Karachi, close aide tells cops

In a sharp indictment of Pakistan’s repeated denials, the Mumbai Police’s crime branch said India’s most wanted criminal is very much in Karachi with the top members of the D-company, reports Debasish Panigrahi

india Updated: Aug 22, 2008 01:00 IST
Debasish Panigrahi

Dawood Ibrahim is in Karachi, along with his younger brother Anees and close aide Tiger Memon!

In a sharp indictment of Pakistan’s repeated denials, the Mumbai Police’s crime branch on Thursday said India’s most wanted criminal is very much in Karachi with the top members of his gang — infamously known as the D-company.

The crime branch came to this conclusion on the basis of the statement of Karimullah Khan Osan Khan, a 46-year-old close aide of Dawood Ibrahim and a key accused in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case who was arrested by Unit VI of the crime branch on Thursday.

In 1995, Interpol had issued a Red Corner Notice against Khan who carried a Rs 5 lakh reward announced by the CBI.

JCP (Crime) Rakesh Maria said Khan was nabbed from his residence at Nalla Sopara in the western suburbs of Mumbai in a closely guarded operation. Khan, originally from Cotton Green, worked as an estate agent in Nalla Sopara and has been living there for the past two years.

According to Maria, Khan was a close confidant of the late Ejaz Pathan who was a top aide of Dawood before the blasts.

On Pathan's instruction, Khan had ensured safe landing of two consignments of RDX and weapons at Shekhardi/Masla Port in Navi Mumbai on January 6 and February 6, 1993, respectively.

“He was the main person who took charge of the entire operation. He and his boys gave protection to the consignment when it was transported to and stored at Mumbra,” Maria said.

“He also transported the consignment to Bandra Talao and Al Hussaini building at Mahim (Tiger Memon’s residence) a day before the blasts.