Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) was slapped against Iqbal Kaskar and Chota Shakeel in an extortion case on Wednesday. Iqbal Kaskar is the younger brother of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim while Chota Shakeel is the key aide of Dawood. Iqbal Kaskar along with his aides Israr Jamil Sayyed and Mumtaz Ejaz Shaikh were nabbed in Mumbai by the anti-extortion cell of the police following a complaint by a builder on September 18.
Encounter specialist Pradeep Sharma had led the team that had picked up Kaskar. Iqbal Ibrahim Kaskar earlier made some startling revelations during interrogation by the Thane police and Intelligence Bureau. Iqbal confirmed that his brother Dawood is in Pakistan. Police officers investigating the case said that Iqbal has provided some vital information related to Dawood and his whereabouts which will help in building a strong case.
Iqbal also told the investigative agencies that Dawood is scared of calling his men and family members in India as his phone might be tapped.
“We have slapped MCOCA against all five accused in the first case of extortion. Two more cases have been filed against Kaskar. We have booked Dawood and Anees Ibrahim in one of the cases,” Madhukar Pandey, Joint Commissioner of Police, Thane, said.
Kaskar was earlier arrested in February 2015 on charges of extortion and assault. He had been deported to India from the United Arab Emirates in 2003. He was wanted in a murder case as well as for his alleged role in the Sara Sahara case where a building came up illegally on government land. However, he was acquitted by a court in both the cases.