Under Indian Pressure, UK seizes Dawood Ibrahim's assets

Dawood Ibrahim

Dawood Ibrahim

The UK government has seized properties belonging to fugitive underworld don Dawood Ibrahim.

"If Dawood assets have been attached, that is a welcome step, but the litmus test is getting Dawood back and those were the commitments this government made to the people of India in the run-up to the 2014 (Lok Sabha elections) campaign", Congress Spokesperson Manish Tewari said.

Dawood Ibrahim's name appears on the latest UK Treasury Department's 'Consolidated List of Financial Sanctions Targets, ' the Birmingham Mail reported.

"Kaskar Dawood Ibrahim" is recorded to have lived at - House No 37, 30th Street - Defence Housing Authority, Karachi, Pakistan; Noorabad, Karachi, Pakistan (Palatial bungalow in the hilly area); and White House, Near Saudi Mosque, Clifton, Karachi, Pakistan.

According to CNN News 18, Ibrahim's frozen assets include a hotel in Warwickshire and other residential properties across the Midlands.

It must be mentioned here that Dawood Ibrahim is a noted criminal who ranks tops in the list of most wanted don in India. According to reports Dawood is one of the richest gangsters of all time.

Earlier this month, Dawood was the only "Indian national" on an updated list of financial sanctions released by the United Kingdom, which also listed 21 aliases for the underworld don. The list includes 21 of Dawood's aliases including Abdul Aziz, Abdul Hamid, among others. He fled the country post the bombings and is understood to be hiding in Pakistan. Pakistan has repeatedly denied this claim.

However, according to DNA, a fortnight ago, former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf had hinted that Dawood was in his country, but also added that it would not assist India to capture him. The passport was subsequently revoked by the government of India and then goes on to list a string of Indian and Pakistani passports acquired by him and misused.

Some unconfirmed reports in January this year had stated that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) government may have also moved to seize properties of 1993 Mumbai blasts mastermind on its soil.

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