Noora Kaskar,a name with links to the Mumbais underworld,passed away while taking a nap in Karachi,Pakistan,on Monday evening.
Few know that he was Dawood Ibrahims younger brother. Still fewer know that he used to write poetry,and that one of his songs made it to a movie. But in the Mumbai Police circles it was known well,that Noora was one underworld character who wrote poetry.
Confirming the death of the 50-year-old Noora,defence lawyer Shyam Keswani,who has appeared in many cases related to the Dawood family,said,He had lunch at 2 pm at his home in Karachi. He had a habit of taking long naps. When a family member went to wake him up at 5 pm,he had passed away. To my knowledge,he did not have a history of any major illness. He is survived by his wife and six children.
Many policemen recall that Noora had surfaced first in cases of vasooli (a variation of extortion) used to threaten businessmen. Most of the vasooli matters never reached the police station as they were kept under the wraps by the business community. Noora was never seen in the same league as brothers Dawood and Anees,known for bigger crimes,including posing a threat to national security.
In the 1980s when Dawood was rising in the underworld,Noora was building his own network through vasooli in areas like Nagpada,Pydhonie,Dongri and areas around his home at Mohammed Ali.
It was around 1989 that Noora left Mumbai and went to the Middle East,where he allegedly assisted Anees in matters related to the Bollywood film industry.
Just a month ago,Noora had approached Keswani asking him to check if there were any cases filed against him. When I asked him the reason,he said he wanted to return to India. He was longing for it.
Keswani found two cases,in which he had been named as an absconding accused. The first was a petty case in Tardeo,and in the other,he and 15 others including his brother Iqbal Kaskar were named for the murder of a customs informant in 1998. This was the same case in which Iqbal was charged when he returned to India from Pakistan. All the accused were acquitted in the case, adds Keswani.
For neighbours in Mohammed Ali Road,Noora will be remembered for a rather amusing past. On his wedding night,Noora took his wife to the terrace and he was seen teaching her to fire using an imported revolver, recalls a neighbour.
In 1991,Pathar Ke Phool,starring Salman Khan and Raveena Tandon,had a song that went tum se jo dekhte hi pyar hua,zindagi mein pehli baar hua,tum itne din thee kahaan,main dhoondta hi raha.. Kahaan? Kabhi Linking Road,Kabhi Warden Road,Kabhi Cadell Road,Kabhi Peddar Road...
Well. The song was written by Noora, says Keswani.