MUMBAI: Baroda resident Manish Bhangale, 27, the hacker whose work sparked allegations of telephone conversations between fugitive gangster Dawood Ibrahim and Maharashtra revenue minister Eknath Khadse, says his mission to help Indian agencies track down Dawood began two years ago, and that intelligence agencies didn’t take him seriously at first.
Bhangale, who studied up to Class 12, told HT that he managed to hack into Dawood’s call records using his technical acumen and three years of experience i n business processing outsourcing (BPO). He said he approached various agencies, including the Research and Analysis Wing, the Intelligence Bureau and the Prime Minister’s Office, but got no response.
“It started two years ago, when I thought of doing my bit to help Indian agencies track down Dawood Ibrahim. Between September 2015 and April 2016, I went to Dubai to meet my sources, get details pertaining to the gangster and confirm his address in Karachi,” Bhangale said.
These details included numbers registered in the name of Dawood and his relatives, and the addresses associated with them.
Bhangale claimed Dawood uses four land lines, and that one of these, registered in the name of his wife Mehzabeen Shaikh, was used to make calls to India. Five numbers were called frequently, he said.
Bhangale added that he is yet to verify whether the people in whose names these five numbers are registered actually use them.
“I also got alternate numbers used by the gangster and his date of birth. I needed all this information to complete the authentication process and access the call records. My trips were funded by various people, including builders and others associated with the real estate business,” said Bhangale.