Mumbai: Infamous mafia don Ejaz Lakdawala, who was absconding for over 20 years, has been arrested by a Mumbai Police crew in Patna, official sources stated right here on Thursday.
Lakdawala, who was related alternatively with the gangs of rival mafia dons Dawood Ibrahim and Rajendra Nikhalje, alias Chhota Rajan, had an Interpol crimson nook discover pending towards him.
“Lakdawala was a part of the Dawood gang. He might help us get important information about him,” Joint Police Commissioner (Crime) Santosh Rastogi informed the media after the large catch.
The fugitive gangster has been slapped with over 25 main instances from greater than 80 complaints of extortion, try and homicide, kidnapping, and killings, amongst others.
“He used to call from international numbers and issue threatening extortion calls to various people. The Crime Branch was tracking him since many days,” Rastogi stated.
A breakthrough of types was achieved lately when the Mumbai Police nabbed Lakdawala’s daughter, Shifa Shahid Shaikh, alias Sonia, in a faux passport case on December 28.
She had acquired a passport by submitting faux paperwork and was planning to flee to Nepal alongside together with her one-year-old daughter, however was arrested from Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Worldwide Airport.
Sonia’s interrogation revealed the possible whereabouts of Lakdawala in Nepal and north India. After verifying the knowledge, a Mumbai Police crew rushed to nab him from the jurisdiction of Jakkanur Police Station in Patna (Bihar) late on Wednesday.
He was delivered to Mumbai and produced earlier than a Justice of the Peace at Esplanade Courtroom and has been remanded to custody until January 21.
Initially, belonging to the ‘D-Company’ within the 1980s, round 1992 Lakdawala parted firm with Dawood to align along with his arch-rival Chhota Rajan and labored with him for over 18 years.
Later, nevertheless, owing to some disputes over monetary issues, Lakdawala broke off with Chhota Rajan and operated independently from 2001 onwards.
Apparently sensing a chance for candy revenge, Dawood’s shut aide Chhota Shakeel had ordered a gangland hit on Lakdawala in Bangkok in 2002.
In that assault in a Bangkok market, he sustained seven bullet accidents, however survived, and shifted to Canada the place he was arrested in 2004 on an Interpol discover.
By the way, the assault on Lakdawala got here barely two years after his former boss, Chhota Rajan was additionally attacked in a lodge in Bangkok, however he too managed to flee and survive. After his extradition from Indonesia to India in November 2015, Rajan is presently in jail and going through trial in numerous instances.
Lakdawala additionally hatched a plot to kill Dawood in Karachi however the plan failed as Dawood didn’t flip up.
After the failed try on his life in Bangkok, Lakdawala went on the run and nearly grew to become a globetrotter with operations in Canada (the place he was arrested as soon as), UK, US, Malaysia, Cambodia, Nepal and different nations.
He’s reported to have amassed big properties in Malaysia, London and Canada which the Mumbai Police will examine individually.