NIA Files Charges Against Dawood Ibrahim & Aides In Terror Funding Case

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) stated on Saturday that it had filed a charge sheet against fugitive gangster Dawood Ibrahim, his close aide Chhota Shakeel, and three other members of the “D Company,” which is the name of Ibrahim’s transnational organised crime syndicate, as per an official statement by NIA. 

“Investigations have established that the accused, who are members of the D-Company, a terrorist group, and an organised crime syndicate, colluded to enhance the gang’s criminal operations by engaging in a variety of illegal actions,” the statement read. 

The charge sheet was filed in connection with the agency’s investigation into the funding of terrorist activities in Mumbai and other areas.

“It has also been established that the arrested accused persons received large sums of money through hawala channels from absconding/wanted to be accused based abroad, intended for triggering sensational terrorist/criminal acts) in Mumbai and other parts of India in order to instill fear in the minds of the people,” as per the statement. 

Three more associates captured by the NIA lately and listed in the charge sheet were Arif Abubakar Shaikh alias Arif Bhaijaan, Shabbir Abubakar Shaikh, and Mohammad Salim Qureshi alias Salim Fruit, in addition to Ibrahim, an UN-designated global terrorist, and Shakeel.

According to the NIA, the complaint was filed under several provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), the Maharashtra Control of Organized Crime Act (MCOCA), and the Indian Penal Code.

Ibrahim, who is based in Karachi, Pakistan, is sought for several terror acts in India, including the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts. 

In August, the federal anti-terror agency issued a reward of Rs 25 lakh for Ibrahim’s capture. He also has a $25 million bounty on his head, which was issued by the United Nations Security Council in 2003.

In furtherance of the aforementioned conspiracy, they raised, collected, and extorted large sums of money by threatening and putting person(s) in fear of death or grievous harm, for the D-Company, for the benefit of an individual terrorist (Dawood Ibrahim) in the instant case, and with the intent to threaten India’s security and create fear in the minds of the general public,” according to the statement.

Along with LeT president Hafiz Saeed, JeM chief Maulana Masood Azhar, Hizbul Mujahideen boss Syed Salahuddin, and JeM number two Abdul Rauf Asghar, he is one of India’s most wanted individuals.

(With Inputs From Agencies)

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