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Dawood’s brother Iqbal Kaskar to be produced in court today

Kaskar was arrested along with two of his accomplices in an extrotion case on September 18.

mumbai Updated: Sep 27, 2017 11:53 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times
Dawood’s Ibrahim’s brother Iqbal Kaskar
Dawood’s Ibrahim’s brother Iqbal Kaskar

Iqbal Kaskar, brother of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, will be produced in court today in an extortion case in which he has been arrested along with two of his accomplices.

Kaskar was arrested along with Mumtaz Ijaz Shaikh and Israr Ali Jamil Sayyed, based on a complaint registered by a Thane-based builder. Kaskar was nabbed from the residence of his sister Haseena Parkar in Dongri on September 18.

According to the police, Kaskar had illegally taken four houses from the builder and had been demanding more. “The builder had approached Kaskar in the past to settle a dispute pertaining to a plot. And Kaskar had demanded four houses in return for the settlement. But he pushed for one more property, after which the builder approached us,” said a police officer investigating the case.

According to Thane police officials, the issue started in 2013, when the builder bought a plot of land in Waghbill Naka on Ghodbunder Road in Thane from a villager to develop apartments. In 2015, the villager who had sold the land to the builder died, and the villager’s daughter approached the builder to demand a share. The daughter, who did not get her share, was approached by 48-year-old Mumtaz, a real estate broker, who through 57-year-old Israr contacted Iqbal Kaskar.

The police said Kaskar called up the builder and said the plot where the builder had started construction belonged to him as he had bought the plot from the villager’s daughter. The builder questioned Iqbal about his identity and got scared when he learnt that Iqbal was Dawood’s brother. In 2016, Kaskar told him to settle the issue and asked the builder to give him Rs30 lakh and four flats, said a crime branch officer. “Israr accepted the money on behalf of Kaskar, and out of the four flats, two were sold, one was given on rent and Mumtaz stayed in the fourth flat,” said the officer. “We are interrogating the accused and more arrests are likely in the case.”

In 2015, Kaskar was arrested by the Mumbai police after a real estate agent Salim Sheikh had lodged a complaint claiming Kaskar and his men had demanded Rs3 lakh and thrashed him.

Kaskar has been booked in another case of extortion, after a jeweller approached the police, after Kaskar was booked in the first case. Police are probing whether Dawood is directly linked to the extortion case.

First Published: Sep 27, 2017 09:34 IST

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