In a big crackdown on Dawood Ibrahim’s network, the Enforcement Directorate(ED) has identified properties in India and UK that belong to close associates of the mobster. The properties belong to Memon Iqbal Mohammed alias Iqbal Mirch.
Yesterday, the ED had arrested two people in connection with its money laundering probe against late Mirchi, who died in London in 2013.
Identified as Haroun Aleem Yusuf and Ranjeet Singh Bindra, the accused have been arrested under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act(PMLA) for not cooperating with an investigation.
Mirchi had purchased three properties in Worli belonging to Sir Mohammad Yusuf Trust in September 1986 for Rs 6.5 lakh through his company ‘Rockside Enterprise’.
These properties have been identified as Sea View, Marium Lodge and Rabia Mansion. These were sold to a firm for Rs 225 crore in 2010 and the ED believes the gangster bought a five-star hotel in Dubai from the amount received.
Mirchi was wanted by the police in a dozen cases of murder, attempt to murder, criminal intimidation, extortion and drug trafficking in Mumbai.
However, he was not an accused in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts. Mirchi fled to Dubai after the blasts and shifted his base to London where he passed away in 2013.
The ED has initiated investigations into Mirchi's dealings in India and abroad, including the UK, Cyprus, Spain, the UAE, Morocco and Turkey.
In April 1995, the gangster’s house was raided by Scotland Yard after which he was arrested on charges of drug trafficking and terrorism.
He was arrested in 2012 again for allegedly threatening to kill his nephew, Kadir Nadeem. However, all the charges were dropped due to insufficient evidence.