MNS chief Raj Thackeray claimed that India’s most wanted fugitive underworld don Dawood Ibrahim is keen to come back to India and is negotiating with the centre, which wants to take credit for his return before 2019 general elections
Mumbai: Raj Thackeray dropped a bombshell today as he claimed that India’s most wanted Dawood Ibrahim is trying to negotiate his return with the government as he wants to spend his last days in his home country, but all that the ruling BJP wants is a big terror catch to score in elections.
“Dawood is now physically handicapped. Hence, he is keen on returning to India and he has been negotiating with the Union government as well. The government will bring him back just before the general elections and try to seek credit for it…I am not joking but it is the truth that you will realise later,” said the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief at a function to mark his Facebook debut.
Dawood, who is accused of ordering the serial blasts which killed 257 people, is believed to be hiding in Karachi from where he keeps a tab on his global crime syndicate spread across a dozen countries spanning three continents.
Meanwhile Dawood’s brother Kaskar has claimed he is in Pakistan & had 4/5 properties there .Kaskar is also understood to have told the investigators that Dawood has avoided speaking to him and other relatives in India for the past three years over fears of his phone being tapped.
A senior police officer said “Kaskar is not cooperating in the investigations and is hardly speaking. But yes, he has admitted he was in touch with his elder brother Anees Ahmad, involved in the 1993 serial bomb blast,” “All the statements given by Kaskar during the interrogation are presently being verified and are likely to be used by the agencies against the fugitive Dawood,” he also added .
Previously Indian government had maintained that the 61-year-old underworld don, a key accused in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts, is in Pakistan and that the neighbouring nation was creating hurdles in getting him back to face the law here.
“There was a proposal to seize Ibrahim’s properties in an organised manner by the authorities. But, there are some legal hurdles,” he said.In 2003, authorities had identified the gangster’s properties in Mumbai and had been trying to auction them off. But, most of them are in the name of relatives or aides, so it is not easy to freeze or attach them, said another official of the Mumbai Police.
There were reports of seizure of Dawood’s UK-based properties by the British authorities . Indian authorities were in talks with their UK counterparts in this regard and had also sent a dossier in 2015 consisting a list of over a dozen properties – houses, flats and hotels – owned by the fugitive gangster.
Last week, reacting to reporters’ questions on the news that Dawood Ibrahim’s properties in the UK have been seized, union minister VK Singh had commented cryptically that “things are happening”.
“We will not talk about Dawood at all. Certain things are happening. We can’t let the cat be let out of the bag,” Mr Singh, the Minister of State for External Affairs, had told reporters in Kerala.Pakistan has consistently denied Dawood’s presence in Karachi or any other city .
In his first post in Marathi, Thackeray told his followers that his Facebook debut was an attempt to connect with the masses. Within hours of his debut, Thackeray’s profile got over 4.39 lakh likes and 4.43 lakh followers.
“It is he (Dawood) who is keen to return… But, the BJP will claim credit for this to win the next elections,” Thackeray