In a dramatic turn of events, the Thane Anti-Extortion Cell (AEC) arrested Iqbal Kaskar, younger brother of fugitive underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, along with two others Monday evening. The arrests were made by former encounter specialist Pradeep Sharma, who was reinstated last month and was made a senior inspector of the AEC in Thane.
The sources also said the police were exploring the possibility of invoking provisions of the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) in the case. Acting on the builder’s complaint, a team headed by Sharma raided Gordon Hall apartment in South Mumbai’s Nagpada. Before taking Kaskar into custody, a Quick Response Team cordoned off the building in Nagpada, allegedly a stronghold of the D-gang. Kaskar had shifted to the apartment belonging to his late sister, Haseena Parkar, after the recent building collapse in Bhendi Bazar. Kaskar used to stay in the neighbouring Damarwala building and vacated it hours after the collapse.