Iqbal Kaskar, two others remanded to 8-day police custody
Thane's Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh on Tuesday clarified that investigation into the extortion racket carried out by Iqbal Kaskar and his team indicates certain corporators and politicians are also part of the racket.
He said that the Dawood gang had become active in Thane and surrounding areas, including Mumbai and Navi Mumbai.
Thane Police received several complaints of their extortion in the form of cash or kind and also land grabbing.
Iqbal Kaskar is an old name in the world of crime. After being acquitted in two cases in 2007, his name makes a return in the Mumbai crime scene for allegations of extortion.
The Mumbai Police had been looking for evidence against Iqbal Kaskar for a long time. The Younger brother of Underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, Iqbal illegally took four houses from the builder to settle a dispute and was demanding more. The builder tired of the threats approached the police with proof.
Kaskar was arrested by the Thane Anti-Extortion Cell from his sister Haseena Parker's house in Nagpada. Former encounter specialist Pradeep Sharma who just took charge of the Thane AEC earlier this month led Kaskar's arrest. Three more people have been arrested by the police.
According to the police, there was information that the Dawood gang getting active in Mumbai and Navi Mumbai. The Police are probing if Iqbal is threatening builders on behalf of elder brother Dawood Ibrahim. The police is also investigating Kaskar's links with some politicians and corporators.
After initial questioning, Police has got 10 names from whom money has been forcibly collected. The pressure from the Kaskar gang forced many builders to leave Mumbai shores.
This is not the first time Iqbal has been arrested by the Mumbai Police. In 2015, the Mumbai Police had arrested him after estate agent Salim Sheikh lodged a complaint at the Byculla police station. Kaskar and his men had demanded 3 lakh and thrashed the estate agent.
In 2003, Kaskar was deported from Dubai and was brought to stand trial in two cases, including the controversial Sara Sahara case where a building was constructed illegally on a government land.
In 2007, Kaskar was acquitted in both the cases. While there were a number of past allegations of extortion against Kaskar, this is the first time he has been nabbed in action and an offence registered him.