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Dawood not detained by ISI: intelligence

The Indian intelligence agency rejects media reports that Dawood has been taken into custody by Pakistani intelligence services.

india Updated: Aug 07, 2007 16:08 IST

The Indian intelligence establishment on Tuesday rejected media reports that mob boss Dawood Ibrahim and some of his key associates had been taken into custody by Pakistani intelligence services.

"We have no information about his detention or if he has been injured as another section of the media is saying. If he had been confined, we would have got wind of it. It is too big a development to miss," a top intelligence official told IANS.

According to one published report, Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) had taken into custody Dawood, named by the US State Department as a "specially designated global terrorist" for his alleged links with Al-Qaeda, along with his lieutenant Chhota Shakeel and the 1993 Mumbai blasts mastermind Tiger Memon.

The report went on to say that the trio was rounded up last week from their hideout near the Pakistan-Afghan border and taken to a safe house on the outskirts of Quetta.

All three were likely to be moved out of Quetta soon, said the report, adding that ISI's move was "a desperate move" by Pakistan's intelligence "to save face of the Musharraf regime amid mounting US pressure to arrest these criminals".

An official from the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), India's external intelligence agency, told IANS: "We have been tracking his movements closely for long. As far as our information goes, the man is still in Karachi."

Another published report said that India's most wanted fugitive was shot in his left leg in a scuffle between him and his fellow gamblers.

"We would have got to know through our operatives if this incident had taken place," said an intelligence source.

It was India's Intelligence Bureau that first got to know that Pakistani cricketer Javed Miandad's son Junaid and Dawood's daughter Mahrukh were getting married in July 2005.

At that time, intelligence agencies were carefully choreographing Dawood's activities and were confident that he would not attend the wedding in Dubai or the grand reception Aug 4 in Karachi.

As many as 250 to 300 guests attended the wedding in Dubai while the reception was a much bigger affair with a guest list of around 3,000 people.

Just last week, US authorities backed India's long-standing view that Dawood was indeed in Pakistan after the FBI and US Drug Enforcement Agency managed to procure evidence that proved the Indian's role as an Al Qaeda associate and his links with an international drug syndicate.

Pakistan has constantly denied the presence of Dawood and his associates in its territory.