United Kingdom government seizes properties of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim

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UK authorities seize mafia boss Dawood Ibrahim's assets worth INR42,000 crore

The British government has seized properties worth $6.7 billion owned by India's most wanted gangster and fugitive underworld don Dawood Ibrahim.

The Indian investigators had been pursuing Dawood Ibrahim's assets in the United Kingdom and visited the Midlands in 2015 to identify his assets.

The UK Treasury department's Consolidated List of Financial Sanctions Targets' updated list includes Dawood's properties now. The government listed Ibrahim's 21 aliases and three recorded addresses in Pakistan, as well.

According to the Birmingham Mail, Dawood's Midlands properties has been under scanner of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for a long time.

Dawood Ibrahim, who is an accused of carrying out 1993-Mumbai bomb blasts, has been named by the UN Security Council's IS and al-Qaida Sanctions Committee as global terrorist.

"Kaskar Dawood Ibrahim is recorded to have lived at: House No 37, 30th Street - Defence Housing Authority, Karachi, Pakistan; Noorabad, Karachi, Pakistan (Palatial bungalow in the hilly area); and White House, Near Saudi Mosque, Clifton, Karachi, Pakistan", it states. It also lists 21 aliases used by the don.

The dreaded gangster also carries a rewards totalling Dollars 25 million on his head for any information leading to his arrest, according to the Forbes business magazine. It is a criminal offence to breach a financial sanction.

Pakistan has repeatedly denied his presence in the country. He fled the country post the bombings and is understood to be hiding in Pakistan.

A fortnight ago, former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf hinted that fugitive underworld don is in Karachi.

In August, the then-union home secretary Rajiv Mehrishi had said that Dawood is in Pakistan and Islamabad has been creating hurdles in getting him back to India to face the law.

In January this year, some unconfirmed reports had said that the United Arab Emirates government may also have moved to seize assets of Dawood Ibrahim on its soil.

Off late, Narendra Modi government has been able to establish India as a growing influence on the world map and one such example of the same has come from the UK.

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