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Dawood most wanted on Forbes' list

world Updated: Apr 28, 2008 13:52 IST

India's most wanted man Dawood Ibrahim has figured in the Forbes' first-ever list of the world's ten most wanted fugitives which is topped by terror mastermind Al - Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden.

Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar, who heads D-Company, an organised crime group based in Mumbai, ranks fourth on the list.

The magazine says that though the Pakistan government denies it, the 52-year-old Ibrahim is probably in that country. He is believed to have close links to Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence agency and travels on passports from India, Yemen, Pakistan.

The son of a policeman, Dawood reputedly oversees a criminal empire involved in all sorts of international activity, including drug trafficking, counterfeiting, weapons smuggling and murder, the magazine says.

Dawood is also suspected to be behind the 1993 Mumbai blasts that killed 257 people and wounded 713, the magazine noted.

The United States has declared Dawood, who is believed to have associated with Al-Qaeda, a global terrorist and the United Nations has attempted to freeze his assets.

The magazine also points out at rumours that he has had plastic surgery to alter his appearance.

Forbes says it consulted with law enforcement agencies in the US and around the world to identify these 10.

Everyone on the list has been criminally indicted or charged, some in national jurisdictions and some by international tribunals. They all are accused of a history of committing serious crimes and are considered a dangerous menace to the world. Each of the members on the list also represent a type of criminal problem that legal institutions are grappling with in diverse jurisdictions, it says.