If Indian authorities settle a Rs 60 lakh bill, they could do some more gangster-shopping in Dubai, intelligence sources told the Hindustan Times.
While 10 alleged Dawood men were extradited from the UAE capital in November, another 200-odd are in jail, waiting to be flown back to India. But Dubai officials have made it clear that the next lot will be sent only after India pays the first bill towards the food, lodging and airfare of the accused.
The CBI's Special Task Force officers are particularly anxious over the Ministry of External Affairs' delay in getting at least four accused in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case — who could help close the case — deported. The four are among the 200 people detained in Dubai after the murder of a businessman there in November.
The Indian embassy in Dubai has already sought information about blasts accused like Kayum Shaikh, Yeda Yakub, Jamil Khan and Javed Chikna, who are among some of the D-Company men awaiting deportation.
The CBI's Deputy Superintendent of Police DK Pardesi said his role would begin only after the accused have been deported and that he was waiting for the procedure to be completed. "The amount due is not huge. It may be paid soon," he said.
However, Commissioner of Police AN Roy had a baffling response: "I am not even aware that gangsters have been detained in Dubai. They do not inform us."
Meanwhile, the gangsters' detention is a blessing for Dubai businessmen, according to Indian hoteliers and bar owners who have branches in the international shoppers' city.
One hotelier who did not want to be named said the gangsters enjoyed special privileges and seldom paid bills, which often came up to more than Rs 3,000. In some cases, the men even demanded money for protection or to give to dancers at the nightclubs that dot the desert capital.
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