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Dawood Ibrahim’s childhood home is being auctioned in India

Patrick D Costa

Dawood Ibrahim

The country is going to auction the house of Indian underworld don Dawood Ibrahim. Other properties owned by Dawood Ibrahim’s family, including his childhood home, will also be auctioned this week.

Indian media NDTV reported this information in a report on Tuesday (January 2).

Underworld don Dawood Ibrahim’s childhood home in Ratnagiri in the Indian state of Maharashtra and three other properties owned by his family will be auctioned next Friday, reports said.

According to Times of India, all four properties to be auctioned are agricultural and are located in rural Mumbai.

The assets were earlier seized by authorities under the Smugglers and Foreign Exchange Manipulators (Forfeiture of Assets) Act (SAFEMA).

NDTV says that this auction will be held in Mumbai on January 5. In the last nine years, 11 properties belonging to Dawood or his family have been auctioned. Among them, a restaurant was sold for Rs 4.53 crore, six flats for Rs 3.53 crore and a guest house for Rs 3.52 crore.

Dawood Ibrahim, the prime accused in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts, lived in a village in Mumbai before moving to Mumbai in 1983. He left India after the serial bomb blasts killed 257 people.

In the middle of December last year, news of Dawood Ibrahim’s death spread on social media. In various posts on social media, it was claimed that the main planner of the Mumbai bombings was poisoned by unknown people in Pakistan on December 15.

It is said that Dawood Ibrahim, who fell ill after poisoning, died while undergoing treatment in a hospital in Karachi. The news of his death caused an uproar in the social media of Pakistan and India; However, verification of sources could not confirm the veracity of this claim.

Who is Dawood Ibrahim?
Dawood Ibrahim was born in 1955 in the Dongri Basti area of Mumbai in the western state of Maharashtra, India. He fled India after the 1993 Mumbai blasts. New Delhi has alleged that he is hiding in Pakistan since then.

On March 12, 1993, Mumbai was rocked by serial bomb blasts. At least 257 people were killed and more than 700 injured in this blast. Property worth Rs 27 crore was destroyed in this terrible explosion.

The much-discussed blast case was handed over to India’s Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) at the request of the Maharashtra state government.

On June 16, 2017, some of the accused including Mustafa Dosa and Abu Salem were found guilty in this case. The court accused Dawood Ibrahim of masterminding the Mumbai attacks.

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