Dawood Ibrahim’s Aide Abbas Arrested For Threats to Former Journo
Sayyed Abbas Tublani taken away by Mumbai police. (Photo: ANI)
Sayyed Abbas Tublani taken away by Mumbai police. (Photo: ANI)

Dawood Ibrahim’s Aide Abbas Arrested For Threats to Former Journo

The crime branch arrested a gangster affiliated with Dawood Ibrahim gang on Friday for allegedly threatening a former journalist who acquired one of Ibrahim’s properties in a government auction.

Sayyed Abbas Tublani (47) was arrested by the Anti-Extortion Cell (AEC) of the crime branch, they said.

Tublani was booked under various sections of IPC for criminal intimidation and hatching a criminal conspiracy.

Police has also recovered two mobile phones and some SIM cards which were alleged used by Tublani to talk with the fugitive gangster.

The journalist-turned-activist S Balakrishnan had complained to police of being threatened by Dawood’s henchman Chhota Shakeel in run up to the auction under the Smugglers and Foreign Exchange Manipulators (Forfeiture of Properties) Act, 1976.

Former journalist S Balakrishnan on December 10, 2015. (Photo: ANI)
Former journalist S Balakrishnan on December 10, 2015. (Photo: ANI)

He had also received a threatening SMS from the gangster, police said.

In this regard, the complainant, who is the chairman of an NGO through which he had bid the property, is making efforts to collect funds through his NGO.

Vinayak Vast, Head of Anti-Extortion Cell

The property had three major contenders – former journalist S Balakrishnan, a Delhi-based lawyer Ajay Shrivastava and president of Hindu Mahasabha Swami Chakrapani.

Balakrishnan, however, went ahead with his plan and eventually won the bid to acquire hotel Rounaq Afroz at Bhendi Bazar area on Pakmodia Street in South Mumbai for Rs 4.27 crore.

Without taking Balakrishnan’s name, Vast said the complainant has also applied for extending deadline to deposit the amount.

(With inputs from PTI.)

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