Pankaj Gangar, arrested in the extortion cases involving Kaskar, was remanded to further police custody for four days.
Mumbai: The two property developers named in the third extortion case registered against Iqbal Kaskar, Dawood Ibrahim and Anees Ibrahim by the Thane crime branch, are suspected to have met Dawood and Anees in Dubai. The duo, who is yet to be arrested, made multiple trips to Dubai in the past few years and it is suspected that on one such trip they met Dawood. The fugitive gangster is believed to make occasional visits to the UAE from his Karachi hideout, according to the police.
The wanted duo has been identified as Bhawar Kothari and Bharat Jain and their passports are being scanned for details of their overseas trips. The cops had learnt about their visits to Dubai and their involvement in the extortion case involving the 38 acres land parcel in Gorai. The complainant in the case had paid Rs 2 crore to the owner Tony Lewis, but then received threat calls from Anees and other D-gang henchmen asking him to back off from the deal and pay Kaskar Rs 1 crore more if he wanted to stay alive. “As per our investigation, the duo had been to Dubai on several occasions and visited the office of Anees Ibrahim there. The brothers run legitimate businesses, including property development in Dubai, and have their offices where aides drop in to meet them,” said a crime branch officer.
The official said the duo also had a word with Dawood during one of their visits. There is a strong suspicion they had met Dawood in person when he was in Dubai to attend a family function.
“They are being looked for and the details of their trips and who all they met will be clear only after they are arrested. The focus is currently on the second case targeting the jeweller,” said the officer.
Meanwhile, Pankaj Gangar, arrested in the extortion cases involving Kaskar, was remanded to further police custody for four days.
He was arrested by the anti-extortion cell on September 28.