Dawood Ibrahim’s younger brother Iqbal Kaskar was arrested on Monday evening over allegations of extortion, reports said.
He was nabbed from his sister Haseena Parker’s house in Nagpada by Pradeep Sharma of the Thane Crime Branch.
“Kaskar had taken four flats from the builder and was demanding more,” a police official said. Kaskar will be produced in Thane court on Tuesday, police said. In 2003, Kaskar was deported from Dubai to Mumbai to face trial in a murder and the Sara Sahara case, which concerned the illegal construction of two shopping complexes on government land near Mumbai’s Crawford Market. Meanwhile, politicians across parties have reacted to Kaskar’s detention, with Arvind Sawant of Shiv Sena congratulating Sharma for “showing courage” to arrest Kaskar, Times Now tweeted.
Sources confirmed that Kaskar, who stays in Bhendi Bazaar, was arrested from his residence in connection with a case registered against him by a Thane-based builder.
According to the builder, on Kaskar’s demand, he had paid him some money in the past. When his demands did not stop, the builder approached the police.
The Thane Anti Extortion Cell is currently headed by Senior Police Inspector Pradeep Sharma, a former encounter specialist who was recently reinstated in the Maharashtra Police and posted in Thane.