THE NIA on Saturday filed a chargesheet against five accused — three arrested and two wanted — in a case related to wanted accused and “global terrorist” Dawood Ibrahim.
Ibrahim and his associates are alleged to be running a global terrorist network and a transnational organised crime syndicate, namely D-Company, which is involved in various terrorist/criminal activities in India.
The FIR in the case was registered on February 3, 2022, by NIA under sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) and the Indian Penal Code.
The accused have been identified as Arif Shaikh alias Arif Bhaijaan, Shabbir Shaikh and Mohammad Salim Qureshi alias Salim Fruit. The two wanted accused, include Dawood Ibrahim and Shakeel Shaikh alias Chhota Shakeel.
An NIA official said that investigations have established that the accused persons, who are members of the D-Company, a terrorist gang and an organised crime syndicate, had conspired to further the criminal activities of the gang by carrying out various types of unlawful activities.
It is alleged that they raised, collected and extorted huge amounts of money by threatening and by putting person(s) in fear of death or grievous hurt for the D-Company/for the benefit of an individual terrorist in the instant case, and to threaten the security of India and create terror in the minds of the general public, the official added.
It has also been established that the arrested accused persons received huge amounts of money through hawala channels, from the absconding/ wanted accused based abroad, meant for triggering sensational terrorist/criminal acts in Mumbai and other parts of India to create terror in the minds of people, the official further said.
Post the arrest of Fruit and Bhaijaan by the NIA, the Mumbai Police also registered at least four FIRs against the accused in connection with extortion cases. The duo are brother-in-laws of Chhota Shakeel and were handling activities of D Company in the city.