Dawood neither in hospital nor critical
Dawood Ibrahim, India’s most wanted criminal and an accused in the 1993 Mumbai bombings, has been unwell and frequently visiting a hospital in Karachi, sources said on Saturday.
Dawood’s health came into focus after overnight news reports that the mob boss had suffered a heart attack and was hospitalised. However, the sources told HT neither was Dawood in hospital nor was he critical.
According to the sources, Dawood is suffering from gangrene of limbs and had a stroke in the past.
He is known to visit the Karachi hospital frequently for medical rehabilitation.
The 61-year-old fugitive, who fled India in the 1990s and is believed to have since settled in Pakistan, 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.
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.
Indian security agencies say the ‘D-company’ reaches across the border into India for its extortion activities, peddles fake Indian currency and is neckdeep in the piracy of Indian music and films.
Dawood’s organisation is said to have business investments in Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates.