Don Dawood Ibrahim location unknown, ‘bank trail’ in Pakistan

In 2014, government ordered a freeze on at least six bank accounts that were suspected to be linked to terrorist activities.

Written by Vijaita Singh | New Delhi | Updated: May 6, 2015 8:25 am
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Even as Minister of State (Home) Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary told Parliament on Tuesday that underworld don Dawood Ibrahim “has not been located so far”, home ministry sources told The Indian Express that at least 10 bank accounts in Pakistan which are linked to Dawood and al Qaeda have been identified.

Read: Government does a U-turn on Dawood’s location, MoS Kiren Rijiju says he lives in Pakistan

“We have identified at least 10 bank accounts operational in Pakistan. We will be writing to the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) to build pressure on Pakistan to begin a clampdown on these accounts as they are financing terror activities here. The accounts belong to banned terrorist organisation al Qaeda as well as Dawood Ibrahim,” said a senior home ministry official.

Read: No idea where Dawood Ibrahim is: Government tells Parliament

Sources said the bank accounts were identified by intelligence agencies after following the circuitous money trail of hawala transactions. The Combating of Funding of Terrorist Cell, which functions under the MHA, tracks suspicious bank accounts and recommends a freeze on them.

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In 2014, the government ordered a freeze on at least six bank accounts that were suspected to be linked to terrorist activities. Since 2009, the government has cracked down on 55 such accounts.

Meanwhile, in a written reply to Parliament, Chaudhary said: “The subject (Dawood) has not been located so far. Extradition process with regard to Dawood Ibrahim would be initiated once the subject is located.”

In the past, the government has maintained that Dawood was living in Pakistan and sought his deportation.

Under attack for Chaudhary’s reply, home ministry officials later said that since 2012, New Delhi has given Islamabad three addresses which are suspected to be Dawood’s location: White House, near Saudi Mosque, Clinton, Karachi; House No. 37, 30th Street, Defence Housing Authority, Karachi; Property at Margalla Road, F 6/2 Street No. 22, House No. 29, Karachi. They said Dawood’s three passport numbers have also been given.

Officials said the previous UPA government had also given a similar reply. On May 7, 2013, the then MoS (Home) Mullapally Ramachandran had told the Lok Sabha: “The accused is wanted in Mumbai serial bomb blast of 1993 and a Red Corner Notice No. A0135/4-1993 is in existence. The United Nations Security Council has also issued a Special Notice No. U-65/4-2006 against him. The subject has not been located so far. Extradition process would be initiated once the subject is located.”

A senior home ministry official said the phrase, “subject not located so far”, has been used as they are unable to pinpoint the address.

Sources said Chaudhary held a meeting with Union Home Secretary L C Goyal where they discussed the modalities of briefing Parliament tomorrow. Officials sought to blame the reply on bureaucratic goof-up. They claimed the home ministry prepared the reply in consultation with the external affairs ministry.

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  1. A
    Aug 11, 2015 at 3:53 pm
    hi DAwood Sir, I am your Big fan, Please contact me on my mail id, love you sir
    1. A
      May 6, 2015 at 4:03 am
      India aayega don agar us per sirf ek kes chalaya jaye WO zarur aayega WO aaj bhi aana chahta hai
      1. L
        May 6, 2015 at 9:00 am
        Bakwaas Joomla Party is master of lies. Everything is Joomla for them, just for the sake of maligning its opponents and getting votes. There is no truth in whatever they say or do.
        1. k
          May 6, 2015 at 11:14 am
          By foolishly saying that Govt of India does not know whereabouts of Dawood Ibrahim, has Govt given up its efforts to get him to face justice or has pardoned him?.Besides, what difference it would make whether we know his location or not. We can't get our hands on unless stan cooperates with us which is most unlikely.All this howling by opposition parties and media lampooning the Govt is pointless and ridiculous
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            Dr Motilal
            May 6, 2015 at 11:54 am
            This is "DRAMA" of ISI ( THE GOV. OF STAN ) to mislead international community .Dawood is stan's guest with hospitality financed by Saudi. stan uses him for financing of terrorist activities and implementation of terror war against India whereas for Saudi he is a business et . Gov. should collect " POLITICAL WILL POWER " to confiscate his and his agents properties in India and use them for government purposes . Dawood will surrender with his "PREWAR " .
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