02 March, 2021

Hot Under The Collar, Mr Goon?

Hot Under The Collar, Mr Goon?
Late evening on July 19, the Mumbai police got a call from the home office in Delhi. Apparently, Tariq Parveen, a top aide of exiled don Dawood Ibrahim, was on Air-India flight AI-717 from Dubai. Parveen, wanted in Mumbai on extortion and illegal arms possession charges, wasn’t fool enough to come on his own. The United Arab Emirates sometimes carries out extraditions in a peculiar way. A criminal is just put on a flight with no escorts and the recipient government is informed on take-off. That was how the cops came to be waiting when he landed at Mumbai airport’s arrivals counter at about 9:30 pm.

Parveen’s arrest was yet another blow for Dawood. A court in Portugal had earlier ordered Abu Salem’s extradition, arrested in that country along with consort Monica Bedi. There are also reports that extortionist Ejaz Lakdawala and druglord Iqbal Mirchi, both key Dawood operatives, have been nabbed outside India but the Mumbai police won’t confirm this. Four years ago, Dawood had sent two hitmen...

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