India

Dawood’s brother Iqbal Kaskar held for threatening builders

MUMBAI: Fugitive gangster Dawood Ibrahim’s younger brother Iqbal Kaskar (60) was arrested by the quick response team of Thane police late Monday evening after a builder lodged a complaint of extortion against him.
The only one of 11 siblings of Dawood to be currently based in the city, Kaskar was held from his residence at Pakmodia Street by a 40-member team led by ACP Nivrutti Kadam and senior inspector Pradeep Sharma.
Police said Kaskar had been threatening builders in the Thane region on Dawood’s behalf and demanding huge amounts running into crores as extortion money. Many of these builders from Thane, Ulhasnagar and Dombivli had allegedly paid massive amounts to Kaskar. One of the builders who had suffered big losses during demonetization and was under debt filed a complaint with the police. Police sources said Kaskar had taken four flats from the builder.
Senior police officials said Kaskar was not acting alone but was being assisted in his extortion activities by two builders—one from Thane and the other from Mumbra. They have also been picked up. One of them had been arrested in an abetment to suicide case two years ago.
TOI has learned that Kaskar was to be picked up on Saturday itself but police found out he was not at home that evening and did not want to conduct a raid at the residence in his absence as it would alert him.
Sources said that a police team had been keeping tabs on Kaskar ever since his name cropped up in the investigation.
“Beside the builder’s complaint, there are conversations where Kaskar and his accomplice can be heard threatening builders and demanding money. We will produce him before the court on Tuesday,” said a source on condition of anonymity.