Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Arthur Road jail turns exam centre for undertrials

Mateen Hafeez TNN

Mumbai: The Arthur Road jail is one of the centres for undertrials and convicts appearing for graduation exams this year.

‘‘The exams, which were conducted by Yeshwantrao Chavan Open University, had provided the students with study material, ” said a jail official.


As many as 25 students appeared for the first year BA exam. ‘‘We are trying our best to provide every opportunity to those who want to continue their studies,’’ said inspector general (prisons) Surendra Kumar, who had started a school inside the jail early this year.

Several undertrials, including those involved in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts and the 2006 and 2008 Male
gaon blasts, have been roped in as teachers. Suspended IPS officer Saji Mohan, who was accused of selling heroin, is also a part of the teaching staff.

‘‘Malegaon blast suspect Noor-ul-Huda teaches Arabic and Urdu to at least 10 inmates, while Maj (retd) Ramesh Upadhyay is in the committee that reviews teaching,’’ the jail official
said.

Arthur Road jail authorities have formed a four-member committee to monitor the inmates’ progress. ‘‘Saji Mohan and another inmate Sujit Nair are the most active members of the committee.

There are 175 inmates who enrolled for the education programme at Arthur Road jail.

The Times of India, May 31, 2011

Monday, May 30, 2011

Diesel smugglers’ arrest hints at new gang in action




Mateen Hafeez TNN

Mumbai: The arrest of eight persons, who were involved in diesel smuggling in the Arabian Sea, has shocked the police. The new gang, allegedly run by Abdul Qadar, has emerged as the biggest rival of diesel smuggling kingpin Mohammed Ali Shaikh’s gang. Shaikh is currently lodged in the Arthur Road jail for a murder case.

In the last two weeks, the crime branch (control) personnel arrested eight persons and seized
a ship, Sagar Sevak, and over one lakh litre of oil. The total value of the seized material is more than Rs 13 crore. “Earlier, Shaikh’s men ruled the sea. They would risk their lives to smuggle diesel in the high sea. However, since Shaikh’s arrest last year in connection with Chand Madar’s murder, his gang has been crippled. Madar was the managing director of a shipping firm and a threat to Shaikh’s diesel business,” said a police officer. Shaikh has been booked for the murder under the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA).

“The new gang leader, Qadar, was originally a fruit vendor. He got a job on a fishing trawler, which would supply vegetables, meat, fruits, cooking oil, red chillies, spices and medicines to foreign ship crews stationed at the Indian harbour. Here, he came in touch with diesel smugglers and got into
the business,” said police sources. The oil smuggling business, the police say, is pegged between Rs 50 to 60 crores a year. “It’s just the beginning for them. If they are not arrested, the business may grow rapidly and the turnover may cross hundreds of crores,” said the sources. Rakesh Sharma, in-charge of the crime branch unit, said, “We have arrested Abdul Qadar and his brother-in-law Akbar Pinzara. Their associates would purchase diesel from Indian and foreign ships and store it in Sagar Sevak ship after making payment for the storage. We are also probing the role of Sagar Sevak ship officials.”

Shaikh was an unchallenged don in diesel smuggling until his arrest. “His arrest has put his entire gang on backfoot. Though, his gang members are still active, but they are not as enthusiastic as they were earlier. They do not enjoy the
same financial support now,” said a police officer.

“When foreign ships come to India, they are given specific quantity of diesel. When these ships reach the high sea, they switch off one of the two engines to save diesel and then sell it to these smugglers,” said an officer. Police said that Qadar’s aides would unload the diesel from these ships and save it in Sagar Sevak. Qadar would buy diesel for Rs 8 per litre from the foreign ships and sell it to wholesale black marketing agents for Rs 18 per litre. Later, it would be sold by some retailers for Rs 28 per litre. “The current market price for diesel is between Rs 40 and Rs 43 per litre,” said an officer. Sagar Sevak has a storage capacity of 150 tonnes. “Earlier, we arrested six persons of Qadar’s gang while buying diesel from Al-Wasila ship in the high sea,” said police sources.



The Times of India, May 30, 2011

Diesel smugglers’ arrest hints at new gang in action




Mateen Hafeez TNN

Mumbai: The arrest of eight persons, who were involved in diesel smuggling in the Arabian Sea, has shocked the police. The new gang, allegedly run by Abdul Qadar, has emerged as the biggest rival of diesel smuggling kingpin Mohammed Ali Shaikh’s gang. Shaikh is currently lodged in the Arthur Road jail for a murder case.

In the last two weeks, the crime branch (control) personnel arrested eight persons and seized
a ship, Sagar Sevak, and over one lakh litre of oil. The total value of the seized material is more than Rs 13 crore. “Earlier, Shaikh’s men ruled the sea. They would risk their lives to smuggle diesel in the high sea. However, since Shaikh’s arrest last year in connection with Chand Madar’s murder, his gang has been crippled. Madar was the managing director of a shipping firm and a threat to Shaikh’s diesel business,” said a police officer. Shaikh has been booked for the murder under the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA).

“The new gang leader, Qadar, was originally a fruit vendor. He got a job on a fishing trawler, which would supply vegetables, meat, fruits, cooking oil, red chillies, spices and medicines to foreign ship crews stationed at the Indian harbour. Here, he came in touch with diesel smugglers and got into
the business,” said police sources. The oil smuggling business, the police say, is pegged between Rs 50 to 60 crores a year. “It’s just the beginning for them. If they are not arrested, the business may grow rapidly and the turnover may cross hundreds of crores,” said the sources. Rakesh Sharma, in-charge of the crime branch unit, said, “We have arrested Abdul Qadar and his brother-in-law Akbar Pinzara. Their associates would purchase diesel from Indian and foreign ships and store it in Sagar Sevak ship after making payment for the storage. We are also probing the role of Sagar Sevak ship officials.”

Shaikh was an unchallenged don in diesel smuggling until his arrest. “His arrest has put his entire gang on backfoot. Though, his gang members are still active, but they are not as enthusiastic as they were earlier. They do not enjoy the
same financial support now,” said a police officer.

“When foreign ships come to India, they are given specific quantity of diesel. When these ships reach the high sea, they switch off one of the two engines to save diesel and then sell it to these smugglers,” said an officer. Police said that Qadar’s aides would unload the diesel from these ships and save it in Sagar Sevak. Qadar would buy diesel for Rs 8 per litre from the foreign ships and sell it to wholesale black marketing agents for Rs 18 per litre. Later, it would be sold by some retailers for Rs 28 per litre. “The current market price for diesel is between Rs 40 and Rs 43 per litre,” said an officer. Sagar Sevak has a storage capacity of 150 tonnes. “Earlier, we arrested six persons of Qadar’s gang while buying diesel from Al-Wasila ship in the high sea,” said police sources.



The Times of India, May 30, 2011

Clarify ‘most wanted’ list status: Pak


India To Notify The Changes Through Interpol

TIMES NEWS NETWORK

New Delhi: Pakistan has asked for “clarifications” on the exact status of India’s “most wanted” terrorists’ list after New Delhi goofed up big time on the contents.

The Pakistani communication comes even as both countries restart talks on Siachen from Monday. The 12th round of Siachen talks are being held after four years.

The Pakistani high commission sought clarifications on India’s terror list from the home ministry. In startling revelations earlier this month, it was found that two on India’s “most wanted” list were actually in Indian jails, not in Pakistan at all.

It was terribly embarrassing for India, besides undermining its battle against terrorism from Pakistan. Officials in the home ministry said that India would notify changes in the list to Pakistan through Interpol, because most of the names on the list belong to red corner notices. Separately, Pillai said on Saturday, “The review of the entire
list, which was handed over is being currently undertaken by the CBI, the NIA and various agencies. As soon as they are completed, if there are any corrections to be made, we will make that and then communicate the same to the Pakistani side.”

The Pakistani foreign office spokesperson said, “It is an Indian
list; it is up to the Indians to decide who to put on it. Obviously anything that is given to us, we will look at it seriously. In the context of looking at any such issue seriously, we have referred to the Indian ministry of external affairs the request seeking clarification about the exact status of the list.”


The Times of India, May 30, 2011

Saturday, May 28, 2011

State commandos may guard Kasab after ITBP’s 11-cr bill



Mateen Hafeez TNN

Mumbai: The authorities are looking at replacing the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) with personnel from the Special Reserve Police Force (SRPF) and the Quick Response Teams to guard Pakistani gunman and 26/11 convict Ajmal Kasab at the Arthur Road jail. This rethink on the gunman’s security comes after the ITBP sent a Rs 10.87 crore bill to the state government for protecting Kasab.

“SRPF jawans form part of the multi-layer security cover to protect Kasab. In case the ITBP’s service is not extended, the administration will have to increase the number of SRPF and QRT personnel,” said a jail officer.

It is also learnt that 10 QRT commandos who have been trained like personnel from the elite National Security Guards may be selected for the task.

“SRPF personnel are not as trained
like the commandos from QRT or Force One. They are
mostly deployed during riots or
for bandobast duties. It is likely that QRT commandos may guard Kasab alongside SRPF personnel,” said a police officer.

Besides, ITBP and SRPF, the N M Joshi Marg police station in whose jurisdiction the jail falls has also posted its men for the gunman’s protection.

Jail authorities, however, are tightlipped about Kasab’s security arrangements. “We have not received any official communication from the government about the change in security plan or if at all it will be done,” inspector-general of police (prisons) Surendra Kumar said.
The ITPB was deployed in Arthur Road jail where a special court had conducted the trial into the 26/11 case and convicted Kasab. Over 200 ITBP commandos provide 24-hour security to Kasab. The ITBP’s Rs 10.87-crore bill has left the government
stunned. The government is trying to persuade the Centre to foot at least part of the bill. “What Kasab and his associates did was not just an attack on Mumbai but an attack on India. It is unfair to ask the state to bear the burden (for ITBP guarding Kasab),” a home department official had said on Wednesday.



The Times of India, May 28, 2011

Friday, May 27, 2011

NIA starts probe in Malegaon case

Mateen Hafeez TNN

Mumbai: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Thursday began its probe into a bomb found on the staircase of Mohammediya Mosque on September 13, 2006. The bomb did not explode and was defused.
“The NIA team arrived in Malegaon three days ago and is familiarizing itself with the city and the case,” said a source.


The Times of India, May 27, 2011

Pakmodia street shooting: Cops may invoke MCOCA

Mateen Hafeez TNN

Mumbai: The Crime Branch, probing the shootout at the doorstep of Dawood Ibrahim’s younger brother, Iqbal Kaskar, is now planning to invoke the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organized Crime Act (MCOCA) on the case. So far, the crime branch, with the help of local police and the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS), has arrested four persons for killing Kaskar’s bodyguard, Arif Bael.

Police sources said that they were looking for a wanted accused, Umed-ur-Rehman Ishrat, who is suspected to have hatched the conspiracy for the shootout. “Umed is wanted in two earlier cases. This becomes a case fit for the application of MCOCA. Senior police officials are exploring the legal points in the case,”
said a police source.

Two shooters, Indralal Khatri (28) and Bilal Mustafa Ali Sayyed (29) had pumped five bullets into Bael who was standing at the main gate of Kaskar’s building on the night of May 17.


“Umed is wanted in the 2009 murder case of informer and bookie, Chhote Miya alias Zahid. The crime branch is also hunting him for the shootout case in which south Mumbai resident Asif Khan was seriously injured. One Shakeel Modak and a woman flower vendor
were killed in the firing in February 2010. Umed is learnt to have played an active role in both the cases,” said a police officer.

The crime branch produced Khatri and Sayyed before a magistrate in the Esplanade court on Thursday, which remanded them in custody till May 31. The two other accused—Sayyed Adnan and Rashad Khan—are already in police custody. They are accused of conducting a recce of the area where the incident took place and transporting weapons for the crime.

“It seems that Bael was killed over a dispute involving lakhs of rupees. However, we cannot disclose more until we nab Umed. Khatri and Sayyed were promised Rs 50,000 each for the killing. They were paid Rs 5,000 each in advance,” the police said.

The Times of India, May 27, 2011

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Woman gets obscene email from friend


Mateen Hafeez TNN

Mumbai: The cyber crime investigation cell (CCIC) of the Mumbai police, while probing an obscene email sent to a female employee of a private firm, found that the mail was in fact sent by her friend who posed as a man.

After the police tracked down the culprit, the matter was closed as the victim did not want to file an FIR against her friend.

A police source said, “The culprit sent a mail to the victim from a fake email account on May 2. The mail contained vulgar and obscene sentences. The culprit, who posed as
one Prakash Jadhav, asked the victim, who is married and has a child, if she was getting satisfaction from having sex with a few colleagues. The sender also wrote that he would give her full satisfaction if she agreed to have sex with him.”

After receiving the mail,
the victim (31) approached the CCIC and gave a written complaint. The victim suspected that some of her colleagues may have been behind the vulgar emails.

“However, when we traced the Internet Protocol (IP) address of the sender, we found the computer was being operated by a woman who turned out to be the victim’s friend. She was asked to come to the CCIC office and questioned about it. During interrogation, she confessed to her crime,” said a source. According to police, the accused did not like the victim’s “malefriendly” behaviour and wanted to “save” her from
any sexual exploitation.

The suspect, a graduate, who lives in Bhandup, also works at a private firm. The two had met on a train around six years ago. “They would chat through net and would visit each other’s offices. During several visits, the accused felt that the victim was “too friendly” with her male colleagues. She compiled the mail and sent it to several of the victim’s colleagues as well,” said an officer.

“After the victim was told that her friend was behind the crime, she said she did not want to prolong the issue by lodging an FIR,” said the police officer.


The Times of India, May 26, 2011

Two more arrested for D-land killing

Mateen Hafeez TNN

Mumbai: A monetary dispute may be the motive behind the murder of Iqbal Kaskar’s personal driver, Arif Bael. The crime branch on Tuesday arrested two more persons for conspiracy and providing logistic support to the shooters who pumped five bullets into Bael on May 17 night.

The sensational killing took place outside Kaskar’s residence. Bael (45) was standing at the main gate of Mahjabeen building , owned by Kaskar, in Pakmodia street when two shooters, Bilal Sayyed (29) and Indralal Khatri (28) opened fire. Kaskar is underworld don Dawood Ibrahim’s younger brother. The police has clarified that Kaskar was not the main target. Sayyed and Khatri were arrested within half an hour of the shooting while trying to escape.

The Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) on Tuesday picked up four youths —Sayyed Hidayat (21), Ahmed Munshi (22), Sajid Khan (21) and Qayyum Shaikh (25) —and handed them over to
the crime branch. The property cell had also detained one person, Abdul Rashad Shaikh (21). The crime branch on Wednesday produced Rashad and Hidayat in the Esplanade court.

While Qayyum Shaikh is a Mumbra resident, others are from Teli Mohalla, near Nagpada. “Hidayat and Rashad were part of the conspiracy and played an active role in carrying out the recce of the lane where the incident took place. We are interrogating them about the exact motive behind the murder. However, it seems even they are unaware about it,” said crime branch head Himanshu Roy.

He, however, was non-committal when asked whether a money dispute was the root cause for the murder. According to ATS officials, the conspiracy was hatched by the wanted accused, Umed-ur-Rehman. Umed, son of a small businessman Ishrat, is Hidayat’s cousin. The police said that Umed had planned to execute three killings, but his henchmen were arrested before they could commit the other murders. Sources said that IPL betting could be the result for this monetary dispute.


The Times of India, May 26, 2011

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

NIA team pays visit to Malegaon


Mateen Hafeez TNN

Mumbai: A five-member team of the National Investigation Agency (NIA), which took over the investigation of the 2006 and 2008 Malegaon bomb blasts, on Monday visited the Muslim cemetery in the textile town for the first time.

In April, both the bomb blast cases were handed over to the NIA which is already probing the role of saffron groups in various blasts. “The NIA team first did a survey of the cemetery and spoke to the imam of the Hameediya mosque, Maulana Abdul Bari. This case pertains to the September 8, 2006 blast in Malegaon when four RDX bombs had killed 31 people. The police had arrested nine Muslim boys alleging they were behind the blasts. After agitation by local residents, the case was handed over to the CBI which could not make any breakthrough.


The Times of India, May 24, 2011

Pujari gang man arrested with firearms


Mateen Hafeez TNN

Mumbai: The police are leaving no stone unturned in their effort to ensure that no gang war erupts in the city after underworld don Dawood Ibrahim’s brother Iqbal Kaskar’s body guard was shot dead last week. In their drive to preempt rival gangs’ “revenge” blood bath, the crime branch on Sunday arrested a 22-year-old man, allegedly associated with fugitive gangster Ravi Pujari, and seized one weapon and 7 bullets.

The police have picked up
Vijay Kalyani from Santa Cruz, and seized one 9 mm pistol, two magazines and seven rounds from him. During his interrogation, Kalyani revealed that some more weapons were hidden in the home of Pujari gang member Neil Misquitta, who is already in the prison. “When we raided Misquita’s house, we found a 7.65 mm revolver, a .38 mm revolver, a .32 mm revolver and 200 bullets. The guns were dumped in a water cooler,” said crime branch head Himanshu Roy. “We are examining the role of Misquita’s wife and mother.”

The firearms are country made but of high quality. “The make is more sophisticated than weapons made in facto
ries. Their designs were similar to imported weapons but they cost less than foreign-made guns,” said the police.

The police are on their toes to ensure that no skirmishes break out among members of different gangs in the city. “After Kaskar’s body guard, Arif Bael, was killed on Pakmodia Street last week, members of the D-gang must be searching for the conspirators. As two Chhotas (Chhota Shakeel of Dawood gang and rival Chhota Rajan) could be preparing for a revenge war, officials are trying to
prevent such a clash that may aggravate into full-blown wars. So, raids are on and weapons are being seized from various parts of the city,” said the police.

Senior officials are also concerned about the development. “We are trying to eliminate the gangs, baying for each other’s blood. Kalyani He was in direct touch with his mentor, Pujari. He would identify a target, supply a shooter with a gun and collect the weapon from him the next day. Later, he would keep the gun in his home,” said Roy.


The Times of India, May 24, 2011

‘Most-wanted’ misses hearing for cop shortage

Mateen Hafeez TNN

Mumbai: For the Mumbai police, stepping up security during IPL matches in the city seems to be more important than ensuring that the 1993 Mumbai serial bomb blasts trial goes off smoothly.

With most policemen away on bandobast duty, Feroze Khan, the ’93 blasts accused

who is actually lodged at the Arthur Road jail but erroneously mentioned on the mostwanted list submitted to Pakistan, could not be produced in court on time on Monday morning. Undertrials are usually escorted from their jails to courts by the Local Arms unit personnel. However, there
was no policeman available on Monday to escort Khan to court. He was finally sent there around 5 in the evening.

Incidentally, it was not only Khan but hundreds of other undertrials who could not attend their hearings as no policeman to accompany them.

Khan is accused of visiting Pakistan for firearms training and helping other accused smuggle goods before the blasts. His lawyer, advocate Farhana Shah, also kept waiting till noon but the court was later told that Khan could not be sent for a hearing because of the shortage in manpower. Tada court judge S T Mahajan has now given another date for his hearing on June 13.

“Initially, it was said that as there was no one to escort Khan, he could not be brought to court. Later, he was sent there in the evening. After marking his presence, the court has given a new date for his hearing, which will be next held on June,” said Shah.

On a list submitted to Islamabad, Khan was erroneously named as the 24th “mostwanted” suspect who have taken refuge in Pakistan. However,hehasbeenattheArthur Road prison after being arrested in Febraury last year.

The Times of India, May 24, 2011

After 20 yrs, man held for murder

Mateen Hafeez TNN

Mumbai: The crime branch detected a murder case after 20 years. Uttar Pradesh-based gangster, Afroz Khan, was booked for killing a bakery worker on February 18, 1991. The murder had taken place in Raushan bakery in Kandivli and the case was closed after the police could not trace the murderer.

Khan (32) was arrested on May 12 in connection with supplying firearms to city gangsters. “Khan at that time was employed with the bakery. He fought with co-worker Zubair Babu Khan and fled. The Kandivli police had also visited Barabanki where Khan resided but he was not found there. The case was later classified ‘A’ (true but not detected). During our interrogation, he has confessed to this murder and we will be reopening the case with the court’s permission,”
said crime branch chief Himanshu Roy. A minor fight over a few rupees had led to this murder, Roy said.

The police had seized seven firearms when they arrested Khan and his associate, Mohammed Siddiqui (30). They had come to sell these weapons to some gangsters in the city.The two suspects posed as visa agents and stayed at a Kandivli hotel.

The Times of India, May 24, 2011

Monday, May 23, 2011

2 diesel smugglers held, 55,000 litres, ship seized

AT SEA: Sagar Sevak, which was used by smugglers to store diesel


Mateen Hafeez TNN

Mumbai: The police have arrested two diesel smugglers and seized 55,000 litres of diesel and a ship, collectively valued at Rs 12 crore. The ship, Sagar Sevak, was used to store the smuggled diesel.

Rakesh Sharma, crime branch unit in-charge, said, “We have arrested Abdul Qadar and his brother in-law Akbar Pinzara, who were involved in diesel smuggling for over six months. Their associates would purchase diesel from Indian and foreign ships and store it in Sagar Sevak, after making a payment for storage. We are also probing the role of Sagar Sevak’s officials.”

Sharma said that the multilevel smuggling had its starting point at sea. “When foreign ships come to India, they are given a specific quantity of diesel. When these ships reach the
high seas, they switch off one of the two engines to save fuel and then sell that to the smugglers,” added Sharma.

Sagar Sevak had been stationed at the harbour for over eight months since it had not got permission to work for ONGC. “Its officials have been trying to get permission to work with ONGC, but the latter is yet to grant it. They have stationed their ship with the Mumbai Port Trust’s permission. We are also looking at who was responsible for such negligence that led to the smug
gling,” said Sharma.

Police said Qadar’s aides would unload the diesel from the ships and save it in Sagar Sevak. Qadar would buy diesel for Rs 8 per litre from the foreign ships and sell it to wholesale black-marketing agents for Rs 18. Later, it would be sold by retailers for Rs 28. “The current market price for diesel is Rs 40-43 per litre,” an officer said.

Qadar, the police said, began working on a small vessel, which would deliver fruits and vegetables to foreign ships at sea.


The Times of India, May 23, 2011

Dawood puts off reception for son

Underworld don Dawood Ibrahim


Mateen Hafeez TNN

Mumbai: Fugitive underworld don Dawood Ibrahim has postponed the wedding reception of his son, Moin, which was scheduled for next week. Dawood is busy trying to protect himself in Pakistan and trace those involved in the shooting incident outside his brother’s house in Mumbai last week.

Sources close to the Dawood family here said he has been going through a tough time since al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden’s death. While India has demanded that Dawood be handed over to them, a shoot-out at the main gate of his younger brother, Iqbal Kaskar’s residence, has left the don puzzled. Kaskar was not present at the spot but his bodyguard, Arif Bael, was killed in the attack.

“We have learned that the nikah will take place as per schedule on May 27, Friday, an auspicious day for Mus
lims. The wedding reception was to be held on May 28. However, due to the ongoing difficulties, Dawood has postponed the reception and new date for it has not been fixed,” said a source close to the Dawood family here.

Dawood, who tops the list of most wanted Indian fugitives, had escaped from Mumbai in 1984 and has never re
turned the city. He apparently lives in a 20,000 sq ft bungalow in Karachi’s Clifton Road area. The bungalow is apparently guarded by Pakistani Rangers and monitored by the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) of Pakistan.

Dawood’s eldest daughter, Maahrukh, married Pakistan’s former cricketer, Javed Miandad’s son Junaid in 2005. His second daughter married this February.

“Dawood wanted to throw a big party for Moin’s wedding since it would be the last wedding of his children. But due to the changing scenario, he is taking precautions,” the source added.

Moin will marry Benazir, a Pakistani-born Canadian, and the nikah, sources said, will take place in a mosque to avoid any serious law and order problem.

Earlier, it was stated that Dawood would bless the couple through video-conferencing, but it is not clear if he will attend the nikah.


THE BIG FAT UNDERWORLD WEDDING

Underworld don Dawood Ibrahim has put off the wedding reception of his son, Moin, which was scheduled for May 28

The nikah will take place as scheduled on May 27, Friday, an auspicious day for Muslims. It is not clear if Dawood will attend the nikah

Dawood, who tops the list of most wanted Indian fugitives, had escaped from Mumbai in 1984 and has never returned the city

He apparently lives in a 20,000 sq ft bungalow in Karachi’s Clifton Road area, apparently guarded by Pakistani Rangers and monitored by the ISI
There was a shooting incident outside his brother’s residence in Mumbai recently

Sources said he has been going through a tough time since al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden’s death


The Times of India, May 23, 2011

Sunday, May 22, 2011

‘Release my son, then look for him in Pak’

’93 blasts accused Feroz Khan’s father, Abdul Rashid Khan, near Arthur Road jail

Father of ‘Most-Wanted’ Upset About Negligence


Mateen Hafeez TNN

Mumbai: Former Indian Navy sailor Abdul Rashid Khan said if his son was indeed wanted and hiding in Pakistan, then the government should release him forthwith and then search for him again. His son, Feroze, was mentioned on a list of India’s 50 most-wanted terror suspects reportedly hiding in Pakistan, but is actually lodged at the Arthur Road jail for being allegedly involved in the 1993 serial bomb blasts.

“Going by the government list, my son is hiding in Pakistan. Then who is this guy lodged in the Arthur Road jail? If Feroze is still wanted, then release him and you better search him in Pakistan,” said Khan. The absurd statement, he said, was a response to the evident apathy with which sensitive government lists were prepared without any thought spared for the consequent embarrassment.

The list with names of India’s 50
most-wanted terrorists, who have reportedly taken refuge in Pakistan, was submitted to Islamabad in March. However, Feroze has been in the Mumbai’s prison since February 2010. The goof-up first came to light when TOI on May 17 reported that the list had a name of a supposedly wanted-accused, Mulund train blast suspect Wazhul Kamar Khan, who actually stayed in Thane with his family since he was released on bail in August last year. Union home minister P Chidambaram has apologized for the goof-up.

Khan (75) spoke to TOI on Saturday when he came to meet his son at the Arthur Road jail, as he does every week. Right after entering his name in the ‘meeting register’, he went to buy fruit, biscuits and dry fruit for Feroze; relatives are allowed to send fruit and biscuits to inmates only once a week on Saturday. “Every week, I come all the way from Navi Mumbai to meet him. I stay with my wife, Najma, at Balaji Garden in Koparkhairane in Navi Mumbai. Feroze learnt about his name being on the most-wanted list through newspapers. We are now
planning to apply for his bail,” said Khan as he gathers two bags with fruit, cold drinks and other edibles and gets ready to meet his son.

Feroze, a junior college drop-out from Elphinston College, has been accused of visiting Pakistan thrice, taking training in weapons, helping the D-gang in unloading firearms and explosives at Dighi jetty and later transporting them before the serial blasts. Feroze’s two elder brothers are abroad and they send Khan money regularly. “Thanks to that, I can send home-made food to Feroze and also afford the transportation costs and legal fees. I did not get any support from my community or socalled community leaders to get my son released,” Khan said, adding that NCP MLA Ganesh Naik, who was his neighbour, had always been a moral support for him and his wife.


Khan started working in the navy from 1956, and after 10 years, he opted for voluntary retirement on medical grounds. He still gets his pension. Feroze’s grandfather, Amir Khan, also worked with the Indian Navy and was there for 25 years. Feroze’s family lived in Colaba’s Navy Nagar when Khan used to be in the navy, but after retirement, the family first shifted to Kurla’s Taximen Colony and later to Koparkhairane.



The Times of India, May 22, 2011

‘Seawoods man may have planned killing’



Gangster Abu Salem is in Taloja Jail

After D-Land Shooting, Cops Keep Watch On Gangsters’ Homes, Jails To Avoid Skirmishes


Mateen Hafeez TNN

Mumbai: At least four telephone numbers belonging to four suspects involved in Tuesday’s shooting on Pakmodia Street have been put under technical surveillance. One of the numbers belongs to a Seawoods resident, Umed-ur-Rehman (29), who the police suspect to have masterminded the killing of Arif Sayyed alias Bael (45), the bodyguard of underworld don Dawood Ibarhim’s brother Iqbal Kaskar.

Rehman was absconding, the police said. A source said while the police had zeroed in on the conspirators and the people behind it, they did not want to divulge any information fearing that the accused might go underground.

Bael on Tuesday night was standing outside Kaskar’s house, Mahjabeen building at Nagpada, when two
men, Bilal Mustafa Ali Sayyed (29) and Indralal Bahadur Khatri (28), pumped
five bullets into him. Kaskar was not
present on the spot. The shooters tried to escape, but both were caught. “While arresting them, the police seized their cellphones, which had the records of several mobile and landline numbers,” said a source. After going through the phone numbers and identifying the owners of those numbers, the police suspect Rehman had provided the firearms to the shooters. Rehman had reportedly come to know that Bael and his associate, Haneef Talwar, were planning to bump him off. To preempt their move, Rehman contacted a Nepali national, Bishta, asking him to send him a shooter, the police said. They added that it was Bishta who brought Khatri from Nepal to Mumbai and later left.

However, till the case has been solved, the police do not want to take any chances. They are making every effort to ensure that a bloodbath does not ensue with rival gangs “going for a kill” to mark their presence. While
men in khaki are keeping guard outside Kaskar’s residence, another group of personnel are on a round-the-clock vigil near Dawood’s rival Chhota Rajan’s house at Tilak Nagar. A police has also been stationed near Dawood’s lieutenant Chhota Shakeel’s home opposite Aalamgir restaurant near Pakmodia Street.

Jail officials fear that the street war might spill into the prisons as well. Top avoid such clashes, they have conducted a meeting to review the security arrangements there. “Besides stepping up security inside jails, we are keeping watch on all gang members there to avoid any clash among them,” said a senior jail official. Most members of Dawood, Chhota Rajan, Bharat Nepali and Ravi Pujari gangs are lodged in Arthur Road jail, Thane prison and the Taloja jail.


JAILHOUSE ROCK


SEPT 25, 2010:
2 Pandav Putra gang members attack Abu Salem’s associate Hasan Mehendi in the Arthur Road


JULY 24, 2010:
D-gang member Mustafa Dossa assaults extradited gangster Abu Salem with a spoon as he suspects that Salem is passing on information to jail authorities


JAN 24, 2008:
Asgar Ali Mehandi (25), then an undertrial, is stabbed to death by four inmates in front of a huge crowd in the Arthur Road jail. Mehandi was prime accused in the murder of John D’Souza


DEC 23, 2007:
John D’Souza, a robber from the Katta Shekhar gang, is stabbed 14 times with spoons in a fight at the Arthur Road jail

JANUARY 1999:
Dawood’s absconding aide Feroz Konkani, who fled from J J Hospital after killing two policemen on May 4, 1999, assaults three Rajan gang members inside Arthur Road jail



The Times of India, May 22, 2011

‘No apologies for goof-ups in wanted list’


New Delhi: Union home minister P Chidambaram on Saturday said although the goofups in the ‘most wanted’ lists were embarrassing, there was no question of apologizing to Wazhul Khan and Feroze Abdul Rashid Khan, who have been dubbed fugitives despite being in India.
Chidambaram also described exchanging such lists with Pakistan as a futile exercise, saying, “These lists have been exchanged in 2004, 2007 and 2011. The Pakistan government has always been dismissive.” TNN P 13

Refuses to say sorry, feels list exchange with Pak futile

TIMES NEWS NETWORK

New Delhi: Home minister P Chidambaram feels that exchanging fugitives’ lists with Pakistan is a futile exercise.

Under attack from his rivals for the faux pas in the “most wanted” list handed over to Pakistan, Chidambaram dismissed the suggestion that the embarrassing lapse will encourage Islamabad to shrug off New Delhi’s demand for the custody of fugitives holed up in the neighbouring country. Asked about the concern in a TV interview, Chidambaram said “I doubt it. You see these lists have been exchanged in 2004, 2007 and 2011. Pakistan has always been dismissive.” The home minister also appeared to doubt the utility of exchanging list with Pakistan.

The minister denied the goof-up has damaged government’s credibility, but said it was “a wake-up call to the agencies to become more professional”. Chidambaram dis
agreed with the suggestion that the government owed an apology to Wazhul Kamar Khan and Feroze Abdul Rashid Khan, who have been dubbed fugitives despite being in India. Emphasizing that the two were fugitives from justice, Chidambaram said “it was not right to exonerate them at this stage” since they have been accused in grave cases.

The home minister said that while government was regretful and had said so, the suggestion that it needed to apologize is “carrying the argument too far”.

Errors shouldn’t be made big issue: Pak
Islamabad: Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Saturday said errors in a list of 50 fugitives sought by India from Pakistan should not be made a “big issue” and the two countries should move forward to enhance their friendship. AGENCIES

The Times of India, May 22, 2011

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Lamba, Pav Takla make name for themselves

Mateen Hafeez | TNN

Mumbai: They may be a fearsome and bloodthirsty lot, but Mumbai’s gun-toting gangsters are defined by such unusual names that one can’t help but crack a smile. And the nicknames are back in circulation after Iqbal Kaskar’s bodyguard Arif Bael was killed on May 17.

Police officers say gangsters’ names are derived from memorable incidents, habits, place of birth, and personality and physical traits. Even Dawood Ibrahim has not been spared. His nickname Muchchad is a nod to luxurious moustache. Chhota Shakeel has wreaked his brand of havoc in Mumbai, but it’s doubtful whether his nickname—Pav takla—would inspire the same level of dread.
He’s bald from the front. But only his inner cirlce of friends are allowed to call him Pav takla.

There was a time in his life when London-based Iqbal Memon (alias Iqbal Mirchi) would sell delicious kheema and spicy meat in south

Mumbai. Later, he opened a grocery shop started dealing in red chillies

Even the police are responsible for some of the unusual names. “For instance, Rafique Dabba would de
liver homemade food to prisoners and so we called him Rafique Dabba,” said an officer, adding that the names actually help them remember who’s who in the underworld.

They say that rechristening gang members is the most practical solution in an ‘industry’ where more than one person shares the same name. There was a Shakeel from Dongri. The gang already had a Chhota Shakeel, and so he was simply called Shakeel Lambu because he was tall. Lambu was in charge of handling the D-company’s finances in Mumbai.

It’s a misconception that D-gang member Saleem Shaikh was named Salim kutta because of his “growling voice”. Members of the underworld said that Salim hailed from
Kuttanelur in Thrissur district of Kerala, and was therefore called Kutta. Two other Salims of the Mumbai underworld, Salim Mazgaon and Salim Kurla, lived in Mazgaon and Kurla. Saleem Khan, an accused in the 1993 serial bomb blasts was a passport agent, and was duly called Saleem Passport.

Abu Salem gang member Salim Haddi’s prominent Adam’s apple, earned him the name haddi (bone in Hindi). He was killed in an encounter.

As a school student, the man behind the 1993 serial bomb blasts, Ibrahim Memon had been injured in a cricket match. “But he helped the school win. He played his inning like a Tiger and was called Tiger Memon,” said a police officer.


The Times of India, May 21, 2011

Red-corner list pulled out by RED-FACED GOVT



Central Government Official Says More Action On Updating Database Of Wanted Criminals May Come In 10 Days


Vishwa Mohan & S Ahmed Ali | TNN

Despite admitting mistakes at different levels, secretary (internal security) in the home ministry U K Bansal said there was no plan to recall the list of ‘50 most wanted’ sent to Pakistan. “The entire list is being reviewed. We have no plan to recall the list from Pakistan,” he said. Officials in the home ministry said India would inform Pakistan about errors in the ‘list of 50’ through Interpol soon.

“This is the first step that we have taken. Some more action will be taken in the next 10 days to ensure that the list of wanted persons is error-free,” an official said after the Union home ministry ordered a tooth-combing of wanted lists by central agencies and all state governments. Blunders have been pointed out in the ‘50 most wanted’ list given to Pakistan and the red-corner list.

The steps came amid indications of a nudge from the Congress to take action against those responsible for the various blunders. Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi put on record the party’s desire for action by saying that the matter was “serious” and accountability needed to be fixed.

On Friday, with embarrassment piling, the CBI pulled all its lists — red-corner, yellow-corner (white-collar crime) and general — off the internet as it rushed to update the database. Visitors to the website saw the message, ‘Temporarily taken off its list for updation,’ when they tried to access the lists. CBI sources said they pulled the lists after Union home minister P Chidambaram pulled up the investigating agency for the goof-ups.

The Union home ministry, CBI and other investigating agencies faced huge embarrassment when it was revealed that two men on the ‘50 most wanted’ list given to Pakistan had been arrested by police in Mumbai and were in India. This list had been mainly compiled from the CBI’s red-corner database. TOI reported on Friday that four other men remained in the red-corner database despite being either dead or arrested.

The latest shocker, a seventh case, emerged on Friday when it was revealed that Rajkumar Meghen, leader of the United National Liberation Front, an insurgent group in the Northeast, was arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) last year but remained on the red-corner list. The redcorner notice was issued against Meghen at the request of the Manipur police, but neither the state police nor the NIA informed the CBI about his arrest.

Regarding the earlier six cases, on Tuesday it was reported that Mulund blast accused Wazhul Kamar Khan, who India had told Pakistan was hiding in that country, was
actually in Thane and out on bail. On Thursday it emerged that ’93 serial blasts accused Feroze Abdul Rashid Khan, aka Hamza, also in the ’50 most wanted’ list, is in Arthur Road jail. On Friday, it was reported that don Dawood Ibrahim’s brother Noora still has a red-corner notice (RCN) against him, though he is dead. It is the same case with ’93 blasts convict Ejaz Pathan, who died in jail in Mumbai. Two HuJI men also have RCNs against them, though one of them, Mohammed Abdul Shahed aka Shahed Bilal, is dead, and another, Saikh Abdul Khaja aka Mohammed Amjad, is in jail in Andhra Pradesh.

Chidambaram on Thursday suspended a junior inspector and transferred a superintendent and deputy superintendent of police from the CBI’s Interpol division in New Delhi in the first damage-control step taken following revelations of the goof-ups.


The home ministry had sent the 50 ‘most wanted’ list to Pakistan in the wake of the US gunning down Osama bin Laden in that country. India said the men on the list had sought shelter in Pakistan and demanded that they be sent home to face charges. The list was prepared by the CBI, NIA and other wings of the government in consultation with IB’s counter-terror intelligence unit Multi-Agency Centre (MAC).

COPS CORNERED
Names that were on the Interpol red-corner notice list
Feroze Abdul Khan | ACCUSED IN THE 1993 MUMBAI SERIAL BLASTS
Was nabbed last year and is in a Mumbai jail. Was on the list of
suspects reportedly hiding in Pak
Rajkumar Meghen | OF THE NORTHEAST INSURGENT GROUP UNITED NATIONAL LIBERATION FRONT Has been arrested by the National Investigation Agency
Noora | ELDER BROTHER OF DAWOOD IBRAHIM
He had died of kidney failure last year in Karachi
Wazhul Kamar Khan | ACCUSED IN THE MULUND BLAST
Was arrested last year and lives in Thane after getting bail. Was on the list of suspects reportedly hiding in Pak
Shaikh Abdul Khaja, aka Mohammed Amjad
| HUJI’S SECOND-IN-COMMAND IN SOUTH INDIA
In Cherlapalli jail in Hyderabad
Ejaz Pathan | CHHOTA RAJAN AIDE A 1993 serial blasts convict, he died in 2008 in the Arthur Road jail
Mohammed Abdul Shahed, aka Shahed Bilal
ALLEGED SOUTH INDIA COMMANDER OF HARKATUL-JIHADI ISLAM
Reportedly killed by Pakistani intelligence in Karachi



CBI saves face, passes the buck to states

Neeraj Chauhan | TNN

New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday passed the buck to the state police departments and staff crunch as it tried to wriggle out of the embarrassment over the second glaring goof-up in the most wanted list handed over to Pakistan.

The agency had egg on its face on Thursday after it transpired that Feroz Abdul Rashid Khan, a 1993 blast accused who is lodged in Mumbai’s Arthur Road jail, was 24th on the most wanted list. A chastened CBI has removed the wanted list from the agency’s website. Besides, it has “...asked all the states to provide status of their wanted”. Plans are also afoot to “revamp its Interpol system”.

The agency, however, distanced itself from list of wanted furnished by state police departments and other agencies. CBI said that it had given 27 names in the list of 50 wanted. And, barring a solitary goof-up, the rest 26 are authentic, the agency claimed.


A senior CBI official explained the reasons for the goof-up. “The agency has about 550 cases of wanted criminals against whom red-corner notices (RCNs) have been issued. In most of the cases, the notices have been issued at the request of state governments while
some of them are being probed by the CBI,” he said.

An RCN issued by Interpol allows all the member countries to arrest a person against whom it is issued, if spotted in their country. CBI, being the nodal agency for Interpol, issues RCNs.
“States’ police send us requests for RCNs. We add it to the list. Now, when the person is arrested, it’s the duty of the state police to inform us. Besides, some of the cases are 10-15 years old. We’re like a post-office when it comes to issuing of RCNs,” the officer added.

Citing an example, the agency said the National Investigation Agency (NIA) did not inform it about the arrest of Rajkumar Meghen, chairman of banned Manipuri militant group, United National Liberation Front (UNLF), who was nabbed last October. Also, the Mumbai Police didn’t bother to take CBI into confidence about Wazhul Khan—the first of the goof-ups in the ‘wanted’ list that came to light earlier this week. Investigations suggested Khan has been living in Mumbai and Thane for long.

CBI will ask states to provide status of the wanted on a quarterly basis. “It is not our job to monitor the wanted list. But, we will make sure that we get the right information from states, and on time,” the official added.


City cops slam CBI for keeping Bhatkals off list
To give credence to the Mumbai police’s claim that the CBI is communicating poorly with the local authorities, senior officials revealed that the central investigating agency has made no headway in including key Indian Mujahideen (IM) suspects Mohsin Choudhary, Yasin Bhatkal and Riyaz Bhatkal in the red-corner notice (RCN) list.

The IM, which uses terror emails as part of its modus operandi, is suspected to be behind several blasts in the country, including in Ahmedabad, Jaipur and Delhi, all occurring after 2006.

“After we learnt that Choudhary and Yasin were being sheltered by Inter-Services Intelligence along with Lashkar operative Amir Raza in Pakistan, we immediately intimated Interpol through the CBI. Two years have passed but their names do not figure in any of the CBI’s lists,” said a senior Mumbai cop. “What is more shocking is that India has sent a list of 50 wanted criminals holed up in Pakistan, but Riyaz Bhatkal, one of the biggest terrorists, who has orchestrated several blasts and sent several youths to Pakistan for arms training, is only on the general list and has no RCN against him,” said the officer —S Ahmed Ali

The Times of India, May 21, 2011

Crowd outside residence, but there’s no one home

LANDMARK ADDRESS: The flat the Khans lived in is locked in the Balaji Garden housing society in Koparkhairane

Mateen Hafeez | TNN

Mumbai: The scene at Balaji Garden Cooperative Housing Society in Navi Mumbai was an unexpected one on Friday, with several media crews gathered outside the posh residential complex. The reason: 1993 blasts accused Feroze Khan, who somehow ended up on a list of fugitives hiding in Pakistan, lived here for six years.

Society residents said the Khan family owns a flat in the Koparkhairane complex. Khan’s father Abdul Rashid is a retired Indian Navy officer. “The family left after Khan was arrested in February last year. I have not seen him. We came to know about him only after his arrest,” said a female resident of the building who didn’t want to be named.

Balaji Garden is a residential complex comprising five to six buildings. It is a landmark in Koparkhairane. “The family has not sold the flat yet. They locked it and went somewhere. We heard they shifted to Khar,” said another resident. A 2-BHK flat in the 14-storey building could cost over Rs 60 lakh. A well-known MLA lives in the same complex.

“I saw the family last a few months ago. I also heard that they shifted due to their son’s arrest. The flat is locked and has not been given to anyone
on rent,” said another resident. The maintenance and electricity bills are reportedly paid on time. The gates of the building were closed on Friday and all those who entered had to first make an entry in the visitors’ register. The gate was guarded by three security men.

Till his father’s retirement in 1983, Khan lived in Navy Nagar with his parents. He later shifted to Kurla Taximen’s Colony. In early 2000, the Khans shifted to Navi Mumbai.

Eagerness to earn fast money and good communication skills helped Khan enter the Dawood Ibrahim gang. Now 51, police said he was in his mid 20s when he came in touch with Mustafa Dossa, a key se
rial blasts accused. “Khan was an electronic goods dealer in Crawford Market. He met Dossa at Dongri. Dossa was then into smuggling,” said a police officer. “At Taximen’s Colony, Khan met more people in the Dawood gang. None of them had any criminal record till 1993,” said the officer.

“Khan was shocked by the communal riots of 1992-93. He and two friends met Dossa and went to Pakistan for training,” the officer said. According to the CBI charge sheet, Khan helped land firearms and explosives at Dighi and transported them to Mumbai. Khan’s lawyer, Farhana Shah, said he never went for training and did not unload explosives.


The Times of India, May 21, 2011

He’s not absconding, but heavily guarded

BEHIND BARS, NOT ACROSS THE BORDER: Feroze Khan (left) is at Arthur Road jail


Mateen Hafeez | TNN

Mumbai: Feroze Khan, the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts accused, who according to the dossier submitted to Pakistan was hiding in that country, is not only very much in Mumbai, but in environs that are heavily guarded by the authorities. Khan is in a high-security ‘anda’ cell at Arthur Road jail, where he has some high-profile neighbours for company. His immediate neighbours in the barrack are diesel smuggling kingpin Mohammed Ali Shaikh and suspected billionaire money-launderer Hasan Ali Khan.

The list of 50 ‘most wanted’ men was submitted to Pakistan in late March of this year, but Khan has been in Arthur Road jail since February 2010. This was the second intelligence goof-up that came to light in the list of 50, with TOI reporting on Tuesday that Mulund blast suspect Wazhul Kamar, who is also on the list, is out on bail and living in Thane.

Jail authorities said they haven’t informed Khan about the interest his case has generated, but he has himself learnt of the hue and cry through media reports on Friday morning. “Most of the inmates in the ‘anda’ cells are educated and qualified professionals. They buy newspapers. Khan, too, reads newspapers and must have come to know of the goof-up. Though he did not say anything to the constables posted at the cell, he was found talking with one of his neighbours through a
grilled window,” said a jail official.

T he ‘anda’ barracks were specially de
signed in the shape of eggs. Each barrack has four to seven small rooms, with each called an ‘anda’ cell. Each cell has a toilet and bath. Earlier, there were no fans in the cells, but four months ago fans were installed in all ‘anda’ cells. The barracks also have a few TV sets, which are most of the time not working. Khan, now 51, is lodged in a five-by-10-foot ‘anda’ cell that is meant only for hardened criminals.

Around 50 inmates have been lodged in ‘anda’ cells in the prison built in 1925. Khan’s father, Rashid Khan, a retired Indian navy officer, last met his son in jail on May 14 of this year. Khan has developed skin problems in jail and is a diabetic, said his lawyer Farhana
Shah. He is asking for better medical attention in jail and will make these grievances known before the court soon.

When asked whether security around the cell had been beefed up because of the CBI goof-up, a jail official said, “‘Anda’ cells are already highly guarded. There is sufficient security for bandobast. Moreover, CCTV cameras monitor the situation.”

Khan’s other neighbours include 2006 Malegaon blast suspect Dr Farogh Makhdoomi, 11/7 train blasts suspect Faisal Shaikh, who police said was the western India commander of Lashkar, suspects arrested for the Aurangabad arms haul and four Mexicans who stole diamonds worth Rs 6 crore from Goregaon.

Earlier, 2008 Malegaon blast accused Lt Col Prasad Purohit, don Arun Gawli and don Dawood Ibrahim’s brother Iqbal Kaskar were also kept in the cells.



The Times of India, May 21, 2011

Friday, May 20, 2011

Bael belonged to Pakmodia St area, not suburbs, say locals


Mateen Hafeez | TNN

Mumbai: Iqbal Kaskar’s bodyguard Arif Abu Bakr Sayyed, aka Bael, was a regular visitor to Kaskar’s Pakmodia Street residence and had only recently shifted to Jogeshwari. Many people in the crowded Pakmodia Street neighbourhood did not even know that he had shifted somewhere else, police officials said on Thursday while trying to explain why Bael’s assailants chose Pakmodia Street and not his new Jogeshwari residence to gun him down.

The investigation in the case is following leads to establish whether the real target was Kaskar, younger brother of don Dawood Ibrahim, but people close to Bael dismiss this theory. “Bael would spend most of the time roaming around with Iqbal bhai. He had been living in Nagpada and Pakmodia Street for decades and had only recently shifted to the suburbs after his family property was divided between the siblings,” said Bael’s
friend. The shooters would not have known his exact routine in Jogeshwari. “He would not go home for several days and would live at Mahajabeen building, where Kaskar stays,” he added.

The assailants may have wanted to ensure they got Bael. “That was why three imported weapons were used to kill someone who was just a bodyguard and driver,” a police official said. “Country-made firearms often get stuck,” he added. Witnesses said Kaskar’s other bodyguard, Anwar, was standing near the building and ran towards the killers once the shooting began. They were trying to preempt any attempt on Kaskar’s life. “The two shooters might have earlier wanted to enter the building, but after seeing Anwar they preferred fleeing from there,” one of the witnesses to the killing said.


The Times of India, May 20, 2011

Goofs galore in CBI’s database

S Ahmed Ali & Mir Ayoob Ali Khan TNN

Mumbai/Hyderabad: The CBI’s larger list of the country’s most wanted has glaring errors. The Star 50 was culled from this masteroll, new names added from NIA and Mumbai Police and handed over to Pakistan recently.

From Hyderabad came the story of two dreaded terrorists, who the list claimed were hiding in Pakistan. One of them, TOI investigations revealed, is dead and the other in the city’s Cherlapalli prison.

More howlers were reported from Mumbai. Dawood Ibrahim’s elder brother, Noora, who died of kidney failure in Karachi last year, continued to show up as a wanted accused in the red-corner notice against
his name. Chhota Rajan aide Ejaz Pathan, involved in the 1993 serial blasts, died in 2008 at Arthur Road jail after a heart attack. The red-corner notice against him showed him as wanted. Yet another embarrassing case was that of Feroze Abdul Khan, an accused in the 1993 Mumbai blast. He was nabbed from Navi Mumbai last year and is in a Mumbai jail. He was handed over to the CBI after arrest.

Times View
When P Chidambaram took over as home minister after 26/11, he brought a professionalism and dynamism to the job that had been sorely lacking till then. Now, however, it appears that sloppiness has once again crept into India’s security apparatus. Inadequate information-sharing among the various agencies was identified as one of the key problems at that time. The fact that they can’t even put together a list of the most wanted without such goof-ups indicates the problem is still very much around. It is time for the minister to read out the riot act to those under his charge and ensure that they get their act together. It’s not just India’s international reputation at stake, it’s also our security that’s on the line.


‘Dangerous’ Bilal on CBI list is dead

A senior CBIofficial admitted that the agency had messed up in the Pathan casebut refusedto acceptblame for the Noora problem. “We are yet to get official confirmation on Noora's death in Pakistan last year. So, how can we say he his dead,” he asked. Though other agencies maintained that the intelligence bureau had sent a confidential report to the Union home ministry intimating itof Noora'sdeath.

It was common knowledge in Mumbai Police circles that then crime branch chief Rakesh Mariah who arrested Khan was irked after CBI abruptly took his custody. Officials said the crime branch wanted to question Khan as he had been a member of the Dawood gang.

TOI investigations in Hyderabad showed Mohammed Abdul Shahed, aka Shahed Bilal, alleged commander of the Bangladesh-based HuJI in south India isdead. ShaikhAbdulKhaja aliasMohammedAmjad,theorganisation's second in command in the region, has been cooling his heels in a Hyderabad prison. Both of them figure on thelist.

The CBI list calls Bilal dangerous. An Interpol red corner notice A-427/3-2007 was issued on his name for his role in four terror cases. His name came to light first as a conspirator in an aborted plan to assassinatethen state BJP president Indrasena Reddy in 2004.

Sometime later, police named Bilal prime accused in the October 12, 2005, suicide bombing of city police commissioner's task force office. But he created a splash when a bomb went off at Mecca Masjid on May18,2007killing nine people.

The Andhra Pradesh police were quick to describe him as mastermind of that terror act. They claimedthatBilalhadfled to Pakistan. Later that year, police said Pakistani intelligence had killed Bilal and his brother Mohammed Abdul Samad in Karachi.

Since his arrest in January 2010, Mohammed Amjad has been inCherlapalli jail. But the CBIisunawareof this.

CBI goes to arrest Davy with expired warrant

Red-Faced Agency Issues New Warrant

TIMES NEWS NETWORK

New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has cited “human error” about its bid to extradite Kim Davy, the main suspect of the 1995 Purulia arms drop case, with an “expired arrest warrant”. Davy’s counsel had found the anomaly, much to the CBI’s embarrassment, in Copenhagen on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, the redfaced CBI got a fresh warrant issued from a Special CBI court in Kolkata and sent it to its team in Denmark. Davy is a Danish national. Opposition BJP was quick to seize the opportunity, and slammed the government for “another blunder” and “big embarrassment”. Senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj tweeted, “Here is another blunder. The CBI reached Copenhagen with an expired warrant for Kim Davy. Big embarrassment for the country. Is anybody accountable in this government?”

The agency, however, claims that there would not be any problem in extradition since the fresh warrant
has been sent. The CBI officials explained that Red Corner Notices are open-ended, while arrest warrants are dated documents. “Once the team returns from Denmark, we will enquire about the delay in re-issuing the warrant that had expired in January,” said a CBI official.

Though a CBI team has been planning to go to Denmark for the past two months, surprisingly nobody had noticed the expiry date on the warrant. CBI spokesperson Dharini Mishra said, “All documents are in order with the CBI team”. A CBI official cited oversight for the goof-up. Swaraj alleged, “oversight has be
come the all time excuse for the UPA dispensation”.

A five-member constitutional bench of the Denmark HC is hearing the plea of the Danish government that had challenged a lower court order against the extradition of Davy to India. The decision to dispatch the CBI team was taken days after Davy and a British national convicted in the case, Peter Bleach, had alleged that the Purulia arms drop operation was planned by the Indian government and its intelligence agencies to destabilize the Left Frontrun government in West Bengal in 1995.

The Centre has denied the allegations, arguing that it is aimed at misleading the prosecuting agency and the court in Denmark that are debating over Davy’s extradition. The CBI had registered the case on December 28, 1995, after sophisticated arms, including AK-47 assault rifles, anti-tank grenades and other weapons, were dropped from a foreign plane in Purulia in West Bengal on the night of December 17, 1995.

Though the CBI has been planning to go to Denmark for the past 2 months, no one noticed the expiry date on the warrant. The agency cited ‘human error’



The Times of India, May 20, 2011

Another ‘most wanted’ on list to Pak found in Arthur Rd jail


Second Blunder Shames India Again


Mateen Hafeez & Swati Deshpande TNN

Mumbai: A list of terrorists with which the government had hoped to build pressure on Islamabad has entangled the home ministry in a series of goof-ups— the latest being that of a terrorist, said to be a fugitive in Pakistan, who was found locked up in Mumbai’s Arthur Road jail.

Two days after TOI reported that Wazhul Kamar Khan, one of those mentioned in the 50 mostwanted list of terror suspects, was living at his Thane residence, a 1993 bomb blast accused Feroze Abdul Rashid Khan alias Ferozuddin alias
Hamza has been discovered in Arthur Road jail, where he has been locked up since February 2010.

“We have an inmate called Feroze Khan in the Arthur Road jail,” confirmed inspectorgeneral of prisons Surendra Kumar.

As the Union home ministry asked officers to chec
k all data bases and ensure the other 48 names were correct, CBI, which had provided most names, suspended a junior inspector and transferred an SP and a DySP from the Interpol Division in New Delhi as the first damage-control step.

The second embarrassment comes after Union home minister P Chidambaram’s admission that the first blunder was the result of a lapse by the Intelligence Bureau and Mumbai Police in preparing the list. The fact that at least two of the 50 persons named as being sheltered in Pakistan, are actually living in India, in prison or outside, could weaken India’s carefully-built case against Pakistan for sheltering terror accused. State home minister R R Patil refused to admit any knowledge of Feroze Khan. “We (the state home department) are not aware of the list compiled by the Centre”, he said in a terse one-line response.



MOST WANTED
Trip to Omangave Feroze Abdul away

Mumbai: Two days after TOI reported that Wazhul Kamar Khan,oneof those mentioned in the 50 most-wanted list of terror suspects, was living at his Thane residence, a 1993 bomb blast accused Feroze Abdul Rashid Khan alias Ferozuddin alias Hamza has been discovered in Arthur Road jail, where he has been locked up since February 2010.

But that a blame game was in the offing was evident from a senior state minister’s response.“Central agencieslike the IB and the Research and AnalysisWing (R&AW)usually do notconsultstate-level police agencies while compiling such lists,” the minister said. What might add to the law-enforcing agenciesdiscomfiture is the fact that Feroze was produced before a special Tada court on May 11 and Tada judge S T Mahajan had rejected his bail application barely
a month back. It was the first time he sought bail since his arrest. He will be produced in court next on May 23, the next scheduled date in the 1993 blasts case for him.

The 51-year-old Feroze, according to the most-wanted list,is a DawoodIbrahim gang member and wanted for helping in landing RDX and firearms prior to the 1993 serial blasts in Mumbai. Between 2004 and 2010, before his arrest in February 2010, he divided his time between the Middle East and a village in Koparkhairane in Navi Mumbai, where he lived under an assumed name and with a forged passport and ran a mobile phone business.

Khan,son of a retiredIndian Navy officer, came to India for the first time in 2004 under an assumed name after fleeing the country in the aftermath of the 1993 blasts. He then again went back to the Middle East and then returned to Navi Mumbai before finally being arrested by the Mumbai Crime Branch on February 5, 2010, and
handed over to the CBI.

“Khan arrived here from Sultanateof Oman andthe police got a tip-off that he was staying in Navi Mumbai”, former joint commissioner of the crime branch Rakesh Maria had said at a press briefing at his arrest. He was living with his parents in NaviMumbaiwhen hewas arrested.
Feroze’s lawyer Farhana Shah said he had never been moved from the Arthur Road prison since his arrest in February 2010. Khan’s trial is yet to begin. The CBI, said Shah, wanted to club his trial with that of Mustafa Dossa’s but had not made any formal application yet in court.

Mumbai police, at the time of his arrest, had said Feroze was suspected to be a close aide of absconding accused MohammedDossa andwasinvolved in transporting and distribution of arms and ammunition. Dossa and his men, on Dawoods instructions, arranged for the landing of
arms allegedly used in the blast at Dighi in Raigad in 1993. Feroze allegedly transported these explosives to his residence in suburban Kurla. The ISI-engineered Dawood Ibrahim-backed act of terror on March 12, 1993, left 257 persons dead and 713 injured, besides damaging property to the tune of Rs 27 crore.

TheCBI,on July 1,2010,filed a 1,000-plus-page charge sheet and charged him under Tada for conspiring and committing acts of terror, under the Arms Act for illegal possession of weapons, under the Explosives Act and Explosives Substances Act as well as under the Indian Penal Code for murder, attempt to murder and for destruction of public property. Advocate Shah, however, said, “He never went to Pakistan for weapons training as alleged”.

Khan has developed skin problems in jail and is a diabetic said his lawyer. He is requesting better medical attention in jail and will make these grievances before the court soon.


TERROR TO ERROR

CHARGES
Facilitating landing of arms and ammunition at Dighi jetty in Raigad on January 9, 1993. The explosives were used in the March 12, 1993, serial blasts in Mumbai
Conspiring and terrorism acts under the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities
(Prevention) Act Murder, criminal conspiracy under Indian Penal Code
Possession of arms under Arms Act
Violating Explosives and Explosives Substances Act and Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act

END GAME

Absconding since 1994.
Accused of undergoing arms and weapons training in Pakistan. Rs 2 lakh bounty on his head
Returned to India in 2004. Settled down in Navi Mumbai’s Koparkhairane
with parents. Ran small business
Arrested on February 5, 2010, from Koparkhairane


Feroz Abdul Rashid Khan alias Hamza alias Totla (51) Unmarried
l Currently in Arthur Road jail l Chargesheeted in July 2010 l Appeared in Tada court
last on May 11, 2011


CBI suspends junior staff, transfers SP
The CBI, India’s premier investigative agency, on Thursday transferred two mid-ranking officers and suspended an inspector level man from its Interpol Division, implicitly blaming them for the goof-ups in the terror list. P 19


The Times of India, May 29, 2011

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Red corner notice to be cancelled


New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation on Wednesday removed Wazhul Kamar Khan’s name from the list of red corner notice fugitives.

A CBI spokesperson said that Khan’s name was not removed from the country’s 50 most wanted list until now since the agency had not received such a request from the Mumbai police.

The initial probe into the goof-up put the blame on Mumbai police’s crime branch and Maharashtra’s Anti-Terrorism Squad for not intimating the CBI about Khan’s arrest.

Khan was caught by the ATS in May last year and charged under the Arms Act for carrying a firearm. The crime branch later took his custody and charged him for the Mulund, Vile Parle and Mumbai Central blasts.

The home ministry has initiated an inquiry to find out how Khan was included in the list of wanted men handed to Pakistan. The probe will also identify the officers behind the lapse. The list was prepared in consultation with the Maharashtra police, the National Investigation Agency and CBI. TNN

The Times of India, May 19, 2011

Agencies plead innocence, pass the blame to others

TIMES NEWS NETWORK

Mumbai: Law enforcement agencies in the state busied themselves passing the buck on Wednesday after Union home minister P Chidambram blamed the Mumbai police and the Intelligence Bureau alike for the lapse in getting Wazhul Kamar Khan’s name deleted from the most wanted list. The city police, for their part, took Chidambram’s indictment as a partial vindication, and quickly faulted the IB and Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) for the blunder.

“As the Union home minister clarified, we had informed the IB about Khan’s arrest. It is not our fault if his name was not deleted from the list.We gave the IB the information in January. Several officials complain that the IB does not keep them in the loop. Had there been enough coordination, the lapse could have been averted,” a senior police official told TOI.

The goof-up has put the spotlight on the Thane commissionerate and the IB’s unit in the lake city. An accused in the 2003 Mulund train blast case, Khan is out on bail and resides with his family in the Wagle Estate area, Thane (W).
As instructed by the court, he reports to the local office of the ATS once every month.The Thane police insist they have no role in the mostwanted list prepared by the ministry of home affairs and forwarded to Pakistan.

But the IB is finding it difficult to clear its name. A superintendent-ranked officer of the IB is posted in Thane with a team to keep tabs on activities related to Naxalism and terrorism. Police officers say the team should have maintained a dossier on Khan. “Before the list was finalized, it must have gone through layers of checks. It is surprising that the IB unit in Thane did not realize that Khan was living under their nose,” a police officer told TOI.

Another officer pointed finger at the ATS, which for long was headed by K P Raghuvanshi, who is now Thane police commissioner. “The ATS nabbed Khan for his involvement in the Mulund bombing. They suggested he had a role to play in the Mumbai Central blast,” he said. “If Khan is such a high-profile terror accused who visits the office every month, they obviously had information on him. It highlights the lack of coordination between agencies.”

The Times of India, May 19, 2011

Most wanted man hasn’t even been charge-sheeted



Swati Deshpande | TNN

Mumbai: The man wrongly placed on India’s most wanted list of criminals hiding in Pakistan has not even been chargesheeted in the crime that put him on the ignominious roll in the first place.

Thane resident Wazhul Kamar Khan fled the state eight years ago soon after learning that the police suspected his role in the 2003 Mulund blast, which killed 11 and injured 82. He remained on the run for seven years, earning a place on the country’s most wanted list that was forwarded to Pakistan. He returned to Mumbai in 2010 and was thereafter arrested by the state’s Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS).

Back then, the ATS claimed that Khan had a major role in the Mulund blast and two other bombings. “He took part in the blasts at Mulund, Vile Parle and Mumbai Central. He was present at all times—from assembling bombs to transporting them,” ATS chief Rakesh Maria said.

The court, however, was not impressed with the police’s work. With no chargesheet filed by cops against Khan within 90 days as required by law, a special trial court in Mumbai released the 44-year-old on bail last August.

Since then, Khan has been living in Thane’s Wagle Estate area with his wife and five children. No fresh evidence, however, has been added against him till now.

Khan’s name cropped up in the Mulund blast case in the confession of a coaccused, which is not admissible under the Prevention of Terrorism Act said a lawyer in the case. He was the last person to be arrested in connection with the bombing that ripped through the ladies’ first class compartment at Mulund station on March 13, 2003, killing 11 people.

The blast had followed another explosion in Vile Parle in January that year and one in December 2002 at Mumbai Central. The police clubbed the three cases together, claiming that they were linked by a common conspiracy. They
asked that all 16 people arrested should be tried together. At present, all accused, barring Muzzamil Ansari, are on bail. Ansari’s bail plea came in court on Wednesday, but the Pota court adjourned it till June, with no relief.

Though most of the accused were arrested in 2003 and Nachan surrendered on April 10, 2003, the case floundered for the longest time without reaching the trial stage. The reason was that the accused made numerous applications challenging, among other things, the clubbing of three cases and the reliance on confes
sions of co-accused, the prosecution said.

The Supreme Court stayed the proceedings early on but recently vacated the stay with an order that the accused feel vindicate their fight. The SC rejected the state’s contention that confessions of coaccused could be used as evidence against others. The next date in court is June 8.

BEHIND THEBLUNDER
MULUND BLAST
A bomb went off in the ladies’ first class compartment of a suburban train at Mulund station
DATE | March 13, 2003
TOLL | 11 killed, 82 injured
ACCUSED ARRESTED | 17
Saqib Nachan | Atif Mulla | Haseeb Mulla | Gulam Khotal | Mohd Khamil Shaikh | Farhan Khot | Noor Mohd Ansari | Dr Abdul Wahid | Anwar Ali Khan | Nadeem Paloba | Arif Hussain Shaikh | Muzzamil Ansari | Haroon Lohar | Rashid Ansari | Adnan Mulla | Sadip Khopoli | Wazhul Kamar Khan
OUT ON BAIL |

All those arrested except Muzzamil Ansari CHARGE-SHEETED | Everyone arrested barring Wazhul Kamar Khan
MAXIMUM PUNISHMENT | Death
ACCUSED ABSCONDING | 5 Tahir alias Nisar Ahmed Ansari alias Janab | Dr Aqmal Abdul Hamid Nachan (brother of accused Saqib Nachan) | C A M Bashir (former Simi national president) | Sohail Shaikh | Shiraz (full name not given in court papers)


VILE PARLE BLAST |
A bomb planted on a bicycle exploded outside the Vile Parle (east) station
DATE | January 27, 2003
TOLL | 1 killed, 25 injured
CHARGESHEET | Combined chargesheet filed against 16 people in the Mulund, Vile Parle and Mumbai Central blasts


MUMBAI CENTRAL BLAST
|
A crude bomb reportedly hidden in the AC duct exploded at a McDonald’s at Mumbai Central railway station

DATE | December 6, 2002

TOLL | 25 injured CHARGESHEET | Combined chargesheet filed against 16 people in the Mulund, Vile Parle
and Mumbai Central blasts

CHARGES IN THE THREE CASES
Indian Penal Code (IPC) — Waging war against the government of India Prevention of Terrorism Act (Pota) — Causing and committing acts of terror Pota — Possessing sophisticated arms in a notified area to commit acts of terror Arms Act — Illegal possession of arms
Explosive Substances Act Explosives Act IPC — Murder, attempt to murder and causing grievous injury Prevention of Damage To Public Property Act — Destruction of public property IPC — Criminal conspiracy



The Times of India, May 19, 2011