Mumbai police preparing dossier on Iqbal Mirchi
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Last Updated: Wednesday, October 12, 2011, 23:50
  
Mumbai: In order to expedite extradition of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim's key aide Iqbal Memon alias 'Iqbal Mirchi', who was arrested in London, a dossier is being prepared, police said on Wednesday.

"We have begun the legal process to extradite Memon at the earliest and are preparing a dossier with details about the man who has at least 12 cases, including murder, attempt to murder and narcotics, registered against him in the metropolis," Joint Police Commissioner (Crime) Himanshu Roy said.

"The dossier would be sent to CBI's Interpol wing which will send it to officials concerned in the UK through proper channel," he said, adding that "officially we are yet to get information about Memon's arrest but we are getting ready by checking his past criminal record to prepare the dossier."

Iqbal Memon, who was ranked among the top 50 drug lords in the world by the UN, had escaped from the city in 1989 and used to shuttle between Dubai and London for several years, Roy said.

Subsequently, he settled in London looking after the properties of Dawood, he added.

City police have details regarding four properties of Dawood in London, sources said, adding "Iqbal was involved in money laundering at the behest of Dawood."

61-year-old Mirchi was arrested in London yesterday. "He could have been arrested for allegedly threatening a person in London," sources said.

Memon has two wives namely Azara and Heena Kausar, the latter a former B-grade actress in Bollywood, Roy said, adding she is a resident of Nagpada area in south Mumbai.

"From the records we have, Memon is wanted in two murder cases, three narcotics cases, two attempt to murder cases and four threatening and extortion cases. There could be some more cases against him," the officer added.

Since the cases date back to 1980s and 1990s, police are finding it difficult to get all the documents pertaining to Memon's crime record, police sources said.

Memon, who began his career in the underworld as a smuggler, gradually became a big drug peddler around mid-1980s. A consignment of over 80 lakh Mandrax tablets dispatched by him had been seized then.

He acquired the moniker, 'Mirchi', from his family's traditional business in red chili powder. Most of his wealth has found its way into real estate.

Memon had, on an earlier occasion, been detained in London but the UK authorities then turned down India's request for his extradition then.

However, this time, the sources said, they were hopeful of making a headway against him on the back of evidence being gathered by the Mumbai police.

PTI


First Published: Wednesday, October 12, 2011, 23:50


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