Mumbai's underworld witnessed a sudden and major burst of activity on Tuesday night with four shooters making an unsuccessful attempt on the life of fugitive don Dawood Ibrahim's brother Iqbal Kaskar near his residence at Pakmodia Street in south Mumbai.
Kaskar's close aide and driver Arif Zaveri alias Turbo died in the attack, Rajkumar Vhatkar, deputy commissioner of police (operations) said.
Sources said two of the assailants arrived at Pakmodia Street, Nagpada, on a bike at around 10.15pm, while two others came to the spot on foot. They fired several rounds at Turbo near the Delhi Zaika restaurant, located near Kaskar's home.
Kaskar, who according to sources was in the vicinity at the time of the incident, was not hurt. Zaveri was rushed to JJ Hospital but succumbed to the bullet injuries. Two of the alleged shooters were held by passersby and handed over to the Pydhonie police, sources said.
Kaskar had reportedly been asking the Mumbai police for security cover for the past one year.
Deported from the UAE in 2003, Kaskar was booked by the police for murder and land-grab. He was subsequently discharged from the murder case.
On June 14, 2007 a special MCOCA court acquitted him in the controversial Sara-Sahara shopping complex case for lack of evidence. With no other cases pending against him, he was released from jail.
Dawood, Kaskar and others in the family grew up in Pakmodia Street. Believed to be holed up in Pakistan, Dawood is on the list of India's most wanted and is the prime accused in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case.