Dawood sent Rs 25 lakh this year for ‘big terror acts’: NIA | India News

MUMBAI: Fugitive gangster Dawood Ibrahim and his close aide Chhota Shakeel sent Rs 25 lakh in cash from Pakistan via Dubai to Surat and then to Mumbai through hawala channels to Arif Shaikh and Shabbir Shaikh for “commission of terrorist activities and committing big sensational incidents in (the) Mumbai area”, says the chargesheet filed by NIA on Saturday against Dawood, Shakeel, his brother-in-law Mohammad Salim Qureshi alias Salim Fruit and the two Shaikhs.
In the case relating to the global terrorist network and organised crime syndicate run by D Company, Shabbir, at Arif’s instance, received the amount from a hawala operator at Malad (East) on April 29.
In a terror financing case chargesheet, the NIA said that in the last four years, about Rs 12-13 crore have been sent via hawala transactions through “witness 6”. The witness is a Surat-based hawala operator whose identity is protected for security reasons. “During investigation, it is revealed that Rashid Marfani, alias Rashid Bhai, used to accept work of hawala money transfer (called ‘gande messages’) of wanted gangsters Dawood Ibrahim and Chhota Shakeel in Dubai for sending it to India,” it said.
Dawood, Shakeel, his brother-in-law Salim Fruit, Arif Shaikh and Shabbir Shaikh have been named in the chargesheet. The last three have been arrested.
In its chargesheet detailing how Rs 25 lakh was sent from Pakistan for “commission of terrorist activities”, the NIA claimed that Shabbir had kept Rs 5 lakh and given the rest to Arif in front of a witness. “It is pertinent to note that Rs 5 lakh was recovered from A-2 (Shabbir) during his house search on May 9, 2022,” said the NIA.
Dirty money, indicated NIA, was flowing both ways, even from India to the financiers. It has specifically listed five different instances of extortion. In one, about Rs 16 crore extorted from a witness over a decade were sent to Shakeel via hawala channels by Arif and Shabbir.

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