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Fazlu: Here?s how CBI helped

THE CENTRAL Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Delhi, played a crucial role in netting one of the most wanted criminals Fazal-ur-Rehman alias Fazlu. The Interpol wing of the CBI not only co-ordinated with its counterparts in UAE and Malaysia in getting Fazlu thrown out from these places but also helped the Delhi police in interacting with top Nepal police officials to take him into custody.

india Updated: Aug 09, 2006 01:44 IST

THE CENTRAL Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Delhi, played a crucial role in netting one of the most wanted criminals Fazal-ur-Rehman alias Fazlu. The Interpol wing of the CBI not only co-ordinated with its counterparts in UAE and Malaysia in getting Fazlu thrown out from these places but also helped the Delhi police in interacting with top Nepal police officials to take him into custody.

Fazlu used to shuttle between various cities of UAE, including Dubai and Sharjah and in Malaysia and orchestrate kidnapping and hawala transactions freely. He was forced to leave UAE a few months back, following immense pressure from the local police and was treated similarly in Malaysia too.

Sources in the CBI revealed that Fazlu had no place left except Nepal and was staying there for past two months. Fazlu’s movement in Nepal was traced by CBI sleuths following a tip-off about his phone numbers by the Interpol wing of the UAE and Malaysia.

The plan to nab Fazlu was made during the India visit of UAE Interpol chief, a few months back. The CBI Interpol wing discussed fugitive dons wanted in various states of India safely burrowed and orchestrating crimes from different cities of the UAE. The UAE top cop had then collected details about the wanted outlaws and had assured the CBI sleuths to extend all help in getting them trapped. The names included Dawood Ibrahim’s brother Anees, Chhota Shakeel and Fazlu.

After tracking down Fazlu’s location in Sharjah, the UAE cops issued him a warning either to leave UAE or face the consequences. Fazlu had no option but to move out and he made Malaysia his next destination. He was forced to leave that country too and he shifted to Kathmandu, Nepal.

Fazlu, who was going through a bad phase, did not stop making extortion calls to India and talking to his associates. This landed him in trouble as the CBI sleuths had already put his phones on surveillance. No sooner did the cops trace Fazlu’s movement in Nepal, the CBI’s Interpol wing contacted top sleuths in the Kathmandu police.

Following a discussion between the cops of two countries, the Nepal police gave their consent to hand over Fazlu. Now, the next in line to face the music are big names of the D company.