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The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on May 12, 2022, arrested two close aides of underworld Don Dawood Ibrahim and his close confidante and wanted terrorist Shakeel Shaikh @ Chhota Shakeel.
Chhota Shakeel operates an international criminal syndicate from Pakistan and is involved in extortions, narcotics smuggling, and violent terrorist activities in India.
NIA stated that two Mumbai-based associates of D-Company, Arif Abubakar Shaikh and Shabbir Abubakar Shaikh have been arrested and a further probe is underway.
The NIA had registered a suo-moto case against Dawood Ibrahim's crime syndicate on February 3, 2022.
The case pertains to terror/criminal activities of the international terrorist network of D-Company involving Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar and his associates including Haji Anees alias Anees Ibrahim Shaikh, Shakeel Shaikh alias Chhota Shakeel, Javed Patel alias Javed Chikna and Ibrahim Mushtaq Abdul Razzaq Memon alias Tiger Memon, stated the press release issued by the agency.
The press release further stated that “they indulged in Arms Smuggling, Narco-Terrorism, Money laundering, Circulation of FICN and are in unauthorized possession/involved in the acquisition of key assets for raising terror funds and working in active collaboration with international terrorist organizations, including Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) and Al Qaeda (AQ).”
As per the NIA, the investigation has revealed that both the accused were involved in illegal activities of D-Company and were indulging in terror financing in the western suburbs of Mumbai.
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