Friday, April 28, 2006

Death comes calling on D clan

The family loses its only adult male member outside jail in India. Business shuts down in locality though police officials say they don’t suspect any foul play

S Ahmed Ali & Mateen Hafeez | TNN

Mumbai: The only adult male member of the Dawood clan outside prison in Mumbai, Danish Parkar, died on the Goa-Mumbai highway after his car hit a truck head-on.

Dawood’s nephew, who would have surrendered to the J J Marg police if he returned alive (for allegedly cutting off the portion of a man’s tongue), was driving his Wagon-R. One of the four others in the car, Murshid (spiritual guide) Shajauddin Sajjad Gaur, who was attached to Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti’s dargah in Ajmer, died at the Mangaon Civil Hospital near the accident site 125 km from Mumbai.

Three others, Imran Khan, Sameer Qureishi and Abid Khan, sustained multiple injuries and were admitted to Sion Hospital. Assistant dean Rakesh Verma they were stable and out of danger.

SRPF jawans and home guards were posted at the hospital to prevent untoward incidents.

Danish had taken Shajauddin and
his friends to Khed, where he had bought a plot of land. He wanted Shajauddin to see the plot as he felt it would bring him luck, Danish’s friends later told TOI.

Motiratan Singh, driver of the truck that hit Danish’s car, fled the spot leaving the loaded vehicle in the middle of the road. A biker reportedly informed the highway police about the accident.

Alibaug superintendent of police P Vatkar said: “The head-to-head collision with the truck took place between 5.30 am and 6 am near Mangaon. It seems Danish was driving very fast and lost control before it collided with the truck. The truck driver is a resident of Haryana and is yet to be traced. We are questioning the cleaner about the accident.’’

The Mangaon police informed the Parkars of the accident over telephone at 8 am, after which the family and its friends rushed to Mangaon.

Danish’s mother, Haseena Parkar, fainted when she saw her son’s body in the hospital after which she was
given some sedatives and rushed back to Mumbai.

Hundreds of people gathered outside Gordan Hall, the Parkars’ residence where Danish lived with his mother, younger sister Humaira and brother Alishaan. He married in May 2004 and had a one-year-old son. Two car-loads of cops and SRPF japwans were deployed outside the building.

Shops and the market in the Nagpada locality immediately downed shutters to mourn the death.

Neighbours said Danish had a clean image but was known for his rash driving. A class-XII drop-out from Burhani College in Mazgaon, he had rented a few shops in Andheri and was in the transport business.

His father, Ibrahim Parkar, was shot down by gangster-turned-politician Arun Gawli’s alleged associates, Shailesh Haldankar and Bipin Shere, on 26 July 1992. D-gang members opened fire on them in a hospital, where they were being treated after being almost lynched, and Haldankar and two police constables, Chintaman Jaiswal and Kewal Bhanawat, died.

Iqbal gets time out
A special MCOCA court on Thursday allowed Dawood Ibrahim’s youngest brother, Iqbal Kaskar, to attend the funeral of nephew Danish Parkar. Iqbal is lodged in the Arthur Road prison since his deportation from the United Arab Emirates in February 2003. He is facing charges in the Sara Sahara case after allegations that the Dawood gang was trying to enter Mumbai’s real-estate market with the help of a section of BMC officials.

8.30 am, Wednesday:
Danish Parkar leaves for Khed with five friends; spends the day there

4 am, Thursday:
Heads back for Mumbai in a Wagon-R (KN-01/AF-4035); he is driving
5.30 am-6 am: Car collides head-on with a truck (HR-55/B-6212) on Mahad Highway near Mangaon (about 125 km from Mumbai)

7 am: Cops reach spot, find Danish dead and oth ers severely hurt; taken to Mangaon Civil Hospital, where ‘murshid ‘ Shajauddin dies

Ibrahim Kaskar (Father)
The father of India’s most wanted used to be a head constable with the crime branch; he died in 1998
Mehjabeen (Mother) Dawood’s mother died in 2001

One of the accused in the 1993 serial blasts case, he is with brother Dawood in Karachi

The one man, whom India will love to get its hands on, is now in Pakistan; but he is not believed to be having a very good time with other countries, too, now turning the heat on the Musharraf regime

Daughter married in Pakistan

Is now in custody after being arrested in the Sara Sahara case

He is in Dubai and, like most of his brothers, is accused of conspiring to make the serial blasts happen

Is in Dubai running a shopping centre

Is in Dubai running a shopping centre

Married a Pakistani husband in the 1980s; is living there

Popularly known as Hasina Appa, she has four children (including Danish); eldest daughter Qudsiya is married into a well-to-do business family and two other children (Humaira) and (Alishaan) are students

The only adult male member of the D clan outside a prison in the city, Danish had a few outlets in an Andheri shopping mall and also ran a transport business. He was scheduled to surrender to the J J Marg police station on Thursday for a case involving Syed Asif Ali, a historysheeter himself; Ali had complained to the cops against Danish and the latter allegedly, with the help of his friends, cut off a portion of Ali’s tongue last week to teach him a lesson. Danish, often seen hanging around near Nagpada’s Mastan Dargah, had no other major case lodged against him and was fond of cars.

The other person who died with Danish was the murshad (priest) of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti’s dargah at Ajmer. He was taken to Khed by Danish, who felt having the “holy’’ man see his property would bring him luck.

Imran Khan
Doctors say this old Dawood crony Hanif Khan Muhatarram’s son is doing well; Imran ran a car-financing business but had a few minor cases against him.

The Times of India, April 28, 2006