Gangster Ejaz Lakdawala has instructed Mumbai Police that close aides of Chhota Rajan had planned to eliminate fugitive underworld don Dawood Ibrahim in 1998, but the procedure unsuccessful.
Lakdawala, 50, who was on the operate for two decades and was as soon as a near aide of Dawood Ibrahim, manufactured this revelation during interrogation by the Mumbai Crime Department next his arrest previous thirty day period in connection with situations of extortion and attempt to murder from him.
He told the law enforcement that aides of Chhota Shakeel attacked him and gangster Chhota Rajan just after their unsuccessful bid to get rid of Dawood Ibrahim.
A supply in the Crime Department claimed some shut aides of Chhota Rajan along with Indian businesses planned to remove Dawood Ibrahim in Karachi in 1998.
A workforce, comprising Vicky Malhotra, Farid Tanasha, Balu Dokre, Lakdawala, Vinod Matkar, Sanjay Ghate and Baba Reddy, went to Karachi in 1998 to eliminate him, but the procedure failed.
Dawood Ibrahim was meant to appear to a ‘dargah’ (shrine) soon after his daughter Maria’s loss of life in Karachi.
“Vicky Malhotra and other folks were being ready for him, but they experienced to abort the procedure as Dawood Ibrahim came to the dargah with large protection soon after finding a idea-off about it by a Nepal parliamentarian,” the supply reported.
When the workforce later on reached the flat wherever they were being, Chhota Rajan asked them to go away straight away, stating the operation was leaked to Dawood Ibrahim.
Lakdawala also instructed the police that the Pakistan Police likely raided their flat in upcoming two days and seized all the weapons they experienced acquired to remove Dawood Ibrahim.
Later, Malhotra killed the Nepal parliamentarian although Chhota Rajan was attacked in 2000 by Munna Jhingada alias Sayyed Muddassar Hussain, a shut aide of Dawood Ibrahim, who is presently in Pakistan.
Lakdawala was attacked in Bangkok’s fast paced Bobae Current market spot in 2002.
He claimed that a ‘tabeez’ (amulet) saved him from the 6 bullets fired by Chhota Shakeel’s aides on his chest, hands and neck from stage-blank vary.
Elaborating extra on the amulet claim, Lakdawala told the police that his aide Salim Penwala, who was also arrested final thirty day period, was the a person who experienced occur to Bangkok to give the amulet to him, the supply claimed.
“On the other hand, Lakdawala was suspicious and did not want to go himself to fulfill Penwala. Instead, he despatched his wife to collect the amulet and specially questioned her not to arrive household instantly soon after meeting Penwala. But, she defied his get and came home specifically,” claimed the supply.
Soon after two times, Lakdawala was attacked.
“He informed the police that the amulet kept in his pocket for the duration of the time of attack saved his lifestyle,” the supply mentioned.
Also, as he was shot around a hospital, he acquired healthcare aid immediately and afterwards fled to Canada.
Chhota Shakeel subsequently educated newspapers and Television set channels that Lakdawala was dead.
Nevertheless, some people later confirmed to Shakeel that Lakdawala survived the assault, which the previous could not believe, the source claimed.
For a number of times, individuals believed Lakdawala was dead, the source stated, incorporating that soon after his functions once more started out, the underworld came to know he was alive.
But just after the attack on him, Lakdawala turned really religious, the resource reported.
Lakdawala also advised the police he is not certain no matter if Penwala was powering the assault on him. But, as he had no other adult men left to work for him, he experienced to work with Penwala and carry out his extortion racket.
The law enforcement considered that Lakdawala was remaining in Nepal for the earlier few a long time on a pretend visa.
Right after he survived the assault on him, Lakdawala frequented Pakistan to obtain a lot more details about Dawood Ibrahim, the source additional.
He was arrested by the Mumbai police’s Anti-Extortion Cell (AEC) on January 9 as he wished in a number of instances of extortion and attempt to murder in Maharashtra.
After slipping out with Dawood Ibrahim, Lakdawala commenced functioning with Dawood’s aide-turned-foe Chhota Rajan.
In 2008, he parted approaches with Rajan and started running independently, a police formal previously mentioned.
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