Delhi, 29 April: Soon after international don Dawood Ibrahim suffered a stroke, rumours started swirling rounds on social media of his death but his longtime aide Chota Shakeel refuted the false reports saying that he is fit and fine, TOI reported.
Talking to TOI over the phone from Karachi, Shakeel said all the reports are plain wrong. “Listening to my voice, do you think any such thing has happened? These are all rumours”, he said.
“Bhai is fit and fine,” he added.
61-year-old India’s most wanted criminal and an accused in the 1993 Mumbai deadly bombings, Dawood Ibrahim is unwell and frequently visiting a hospital in Karachi after suffering a stroke on Friday, sources said.
According to the sources the underworld don Dawood Ibrahim is suffering from gangrene of limbs and had a stroke in the past, the mob boss is not in the hospital or purportedly not in a critical condition.
The fugitive, who fled India in the 1990s and is believed to have taking shelter in Pakistan and was last seen at a party at former Pakistan cricketer Javed Miandad’s house on April 19, the sources said.
Miandad’s son, Junaid, married Ibrahim’s daughter, Mahrukh, in 2005.
However, Pakistan denies Dawood is in the country.
Dawood is believed to control part of the Mumbai underworld that invests in real estate and the film industry.
According to the Indian security agencies, the ‘D-Company’ reaches across the border into India for its extortion activities, pedals fake Indian currency and is neck-deep in the piracy of Indian music and films.
Dawood’s organisation has business investments in Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates, with the empire largely founded on threats and extortions.
Interpol has a red corner notice, or an international arrest warrant, out against Dawood and a host of his associates for their involvement in the 1993 serial blasts that claimed 257 lives and injured hundreds.