Bangladesh police has launched a manhunt for members of Dawood Ibrahim's network in the country following "significant" disclosures by one of his contract-killers nabbed here.
The manhunt was unleashed after Dawood Rauf Merchant, accused of killing Bollywood music baron Gulshan Kumar, told police that more than 150 "highly paid agents" of Dawood were active in Bangladesh, police said.
Merchant and another accomplice said their network here was being patronised by several influential people.
"In line with the information extracted from (detained) Dawood Merchant and Zahid Sheikh, we have launched a manhunt in the capital Dhaka and suburban districts to arrest the members of the Dawood Ibrahim's network in our country," a senior police official told PTI.
He also confirmed reports that two former ministers, three lawmakers and seven businessmen patronised the gang, but declined to disclose their names.
The network consists of some 300 people, 150 of them being highly paid agents of Dawood and his second-in-command Chhota Shakil manages their payments, it was revealed.
"We have obtained some significant information from the arrestees (who said) they had established their terror network in the country in late 1995 and started strengthening it after 2000 by recruiting 300 dedicated gangsters," the New Age said quoting a high official of police's Detective Branch.