The wife of the aide of wanted fugitive Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar has been arrested by Thane Crime Branch on Saturday and recovered an AK 56 assault rifle, along with other arsenal with her. Police officials said that this is the first seizure of an AK 56 rifle in recent times.
According to the police, the two accused had provided information about the weapons cache, arrested by the Anti Extortion Cell of the Thane Crime Branch earlier this week. The AEC had on Thursday arrested Jahid Ali Kashmiri and Sanjay Shroff, each of them allegedly carrying five grams of cocaine, from Thane and the two were remanded in police custody till July 11.
The Thane Police Commissioner Mr.Param Bir Singh said that during his interrogation, Mr. Kashmiri revealed that he knew of a major arms cache being hidden in Bangur Nagar in Goregaon. Based on the information a raid was conducted on the residence of one Naeem Khan, a person with previous criminal record who is currently in prison, and recovered an AK 56 rifle, three magazines, 95 live rounds, two 9mm pistols and 13 live rounds from Naeem’s wife Yasmin, who was also arrested.
The police said that Naeem who is an old time associate of the Dawood gang, was arrested in April 2016 by the Mumbai Crime Branch along with three others for allegedly plotting to kill a Mumbai based businessman at the order of Kaskar’s right hand man Shakeel Babumiyan Sheikh alias Chhota Shakeel. All the four accused, who were charged under the stringent Maharashta Control of Organized Crime Act, are currently lodged in the Thane central jail.