The Free Press Journal - - MUMBAI / STATE -

Suc­cess­ful auc­tion of fugi­tive gang­ster Da­wood Ibrahim’s prop­er­ties in the megapo­lis shows that his clout has de­clined, for­mer Mumbai po­lice com­mis­sioner D Si­vanand­han said on Tues­day.

“The three prop­er­ties auc­tioned on Tues­day should be used to house ei­ther gov­ern­ment of­fices or po­lice posts,” the for­mer Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice of Ma­ha­rash­tra told PTI.

“The suc­cess­ful auc­tion also shows that the gov­ern­ment has the up­per hand, com­pared to the ear­lier auc­tion at­tempts when few dared to bid for th­ese prop­er­ties fear­ing the gang­ster’s wrath,” he said.

Pak­modia Street in south Mumbai, where the auc­tioned prop­er­ties are lo­cated, was the den of the fugi­tive don till early 90s.

“Once he lorded over that area. No­body could ven­ture out on the Pak­modia Street with­out Da­wood’s or his men’s knowl­edge,” the for­mer IPS of­fi­cer said.

“To­day, with the auc­tion of his three prime prop­er­ties

- Ho­tel Rounaque Afroz, Shab­nam Guest House and six flats of Da­mar­wala Build­ing - it is clear that the gov­ern­ment has es­tab­lished a grip on things,” Si­vanand­han said.

“This (auc­tion) is an im­por­tant de­vel­op­ment. It shows that the gov­ern­ment means busi­ness. This at­ti­tude will be help­ful in bring­ing down Da­wood’s em­pire,” he said.

“Who pur­chased th­ese prop­er­ties and for what pur­pose is an­other is­sue,” the for­mer top cop said.

Three south Mumbai prop­er­ties be­long­ing to Da­wood Ibrahim, which are in a di­lap­i­dated con­di­tion, were auc­tioned for Rs 11.58 crore on Tues­day, an of­fi­cial said.

The Saifee Burhani Uplift­ment Trust (SBUT) has bought the prop­er­ties for its re­de­vel­op­ment project.

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