Top Dawood Ibrahim Aide Held In London

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NEW DELHI – Top Dawood Ibrahim aide, Iqbal Mirchi, has been arrested in London, according to CBI. Iqbal Mirchi is an accused in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case and was declared a proclaimed offender by the government in 1994.

He is known to handle Dawood’s drug trade. There was an Interpol notice pending against him.

Iqbal Mirchi had fled India in 1995.

CBI sources said they would approach the UK police through the Interpol and diplomatic channels to seek his extradition or deportation to India.

Iqbal Mirchi began his career in the underworld as a smuggler and became a big player in drug peddling around mid-1980s. A consignment of over 80 lakh Mandrax tablets dispatched by him was seized.

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

After his escape from Mumbai, he is alleged to have been dividing his time between Dubai and London.

He was earlier detained in London but the UK authorities had turned down India’s request for his extradition at that point of time.

However, this time, the sources said, they were hopeful of making a headway with more evidence against him that will be provided by the Mumbai police.