Dawood’s gang member arrested, AK-56 for 1993 Mumbai serial blasts confiscated

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The Hush Post: An AK-56 rifle, probably brought at the time of 1993 serial blasts has been confiscated. Thane police have confiscated an arms cache from the house of Dawood Ibrahim’s gang member Naim Fahim Khan in suburban Goregaon. This AK-56 is part of that cache.

The house belonged to Khan’s wife, Yasmin Naim Khan, who has now been arrested, said police on Saturday.

An AK-56, three magazines, 95 cartridges, a 9 mm pistol and 13 live cartridges were seized by the Anti-Extortion Cell (AEC) of Thane Police. The rifle was reportedly lying there for quite a long time.

Now police are suspecting that this could be part of weapons brought to Mumbai for 1993 serial blasts and riots.

“Yasmin Naim Khan (35), wife of Dawood Ibrahim gang member Naim Khan, was arrested following the raid on the couple’s house yesterday,” an official of Thane Police said.

Naim Khan’s wife is now being interrogated as to why the weapons and ammunition were stored at the house.

She was produced in front of a Thane court which remanded her in police custody till July 11.

The cops acted on a tip-off by two drugs peddlers – Jahid Zali Shoukat Kashmiri and Sanjay Shroff, who were arrested by the Thane AEC from Nagpada in central Mumbai two days ago. During interrogation, the duo named Naim Khan and soon he was arrested by the Mumbai Crime Branch under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) in 2016. He and some others had allegedly planned to kill Iqbal Attarwala, a former gang member, on the instructions of fugitive gangster Chhota Shakeel.

They were arrested before the plan could be executed. At present, Naim Khan is in Thane jail.

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