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B'desh probes banks linked to Dawood: report

world Updated: Jun 09, 2009 22:49 IST

Authorities in Bangladesh have initiated investigations against a domestic bank and the multinational Western Union, which were recipient of large money transfer from Pakistan by international mafia don Dawood Ibrahim to finance his network here.

Dawood and his close aide Chhota Shakil, who are believed to be based in Pakistan, have been trying to establish their stronghold in Bangladesh, said Mohammad Mohibul Islam Khan, Assistant Commissioner (AC) of Detective Branch (DB).

He said Dawood was "trying to establish their stronghold in Bangladesh after their crime empires in India, Pakistan, Dubai and Iran".

Bangladeshi investigators found large amount of money transactions through Western Union Money Transfer from Pakistan after the arrest last month of Abdur Rauf Daud Merchant, a fugitive from Indian law convicted for killing Bollywood music baron Gulshan Kumar in 1997, The Daily Star newspaper reported.

Letters would be sent to National Bank and Western Union to provide the names of people who received the money, Khan was quoted as saying by the Bangladeshi daily.

Inspector Mohammad Ashraf Hossain, the investigation officer of the case, said they were probing a link between the employees of Western Union Money Transfer and National Bank and the gang while disbursing the money.

The security forces have so far arrested three Indian nationals for links to Dawood's network in the country.