In a major development in the arrest of gangster Dawood Ibrahim's brother Iqbal Kaskar, Mumbai police has claimed that some politicians may have been involved in the extortion racket.
The fresh comments have been made during the press conference by Thane’s Commissioner of Police Param Bir Singh.
"10-12 case have emerged wher the involvement of Dawood gang is being investigated," Mumbai Police said in a press conference today.
A day after Iqbal Kaskar was arrested on charges of extortion, the police said that they are investigating whether underworld don Dawood Ibrahim was involved personally in his brother's extortion rackets.
"Whether Dawood Ibrahim had an indirect or a direct involvement in this extortion racket run by Iqbal Kaskar will be probed," Param Bir Singh, the Police Commissioner of Thane, said.
Iqbal Kaskar used to issue threats in the name of his brother, Dawood Ibrahim, the police said today.
"Iqbal Kaskar was arrested from his sister Haseena Parkar's residence. Three people have been arrested and three people are being questioned. Threats were given in name of Dawood, sometimes shooters were brought from outside and some were brought from Bihar to forcibly evacuate properties," he added.
The police are also investigating if there is involvement of any politicians or corporators in the extortion rackets.
The Thane anti-extortion cell (AEC) on Monday apprehended younger brother of wanted criminal Dawood Ibrahim.
According to reports, Iqbal Kaskar was arrested by former encounter specialist Pradeep Sharma following charges of extortion.
Reportedly, Kaskar was nabbed against a complaint given by a builder who was facing extortion threats since 2013.
Besides Kaskar, two others, namely Israr All Jamil Sayyad and Mumtaz Eizaz Shaikh, were also arrested.
The builder was under huge debt post demonetisation and hence, decided to reach out to the police for help.
Reportedly, Kaskar had been threatening builders on behalf of Dawood and was demanding huge extortion money.
The builder was taken into confidence and a complaint of extortion vide under Section 384, 386, 387, 34 was registered at Kasarvadavali Police Station.
Four flats worth Rs. 5 crores in Rosa Bella society and 30 lakhs cash amount were extorted by the gang of lqbal Kaskar from the builder.
The calls for extortion were given to the builder when he purchased a plot in Thane.
-With ANI inputs.