Iqbal Kaskar, Haseena Parkar: Dawood and family can’t stay away from limelight

The Thane anti-extortion cell has arrested Dawood Ibrahim’s brother Iqbal Kaskar from his Mumbai residence on a complaint filed by a builder, in connection with an extortion case. The case has been registered at Kasarvadavali police station in Thane.

Meanwhile, another sibling, the late Haseena Parkar is also in the news. Shraddha Kapoor’s upcoming release ‘Haseena: The Queen of Mumbai’, a biopic on the godmother, is set to release soon. The film is based on the real-life story of Haseena Parkar, who took charge of Dawood’s Mumbai’s business. Well, as the B-town is all set to unfold the high voltage high drama, here we bring you some facts about Haseena Parkar, aka Godmother of Nagpada, and her brother the infamous Ibrahim Kaskar.

Haseena is Dawood Ibrahim’s younger sister. Haseena once ruled the underworld of the city. From a young girl to a mother of four to the Godmother of Nagpada area across four decades is a story in itself. How her siblings left Mumbai after the 1993 bomb blasts and how she took over their legacy in crime world is worth watching. Haseena Parkar had risen to the crime world after her husband Ismail Parkar was shot dead by Arun Gawli’s gang in 1991. However, Dawood’s men took revenge by killing his murderers in the famous J.J. Hospital shootout. It is widely regarded as one of the most sensational cases in Mumbai’s gangland history.

And, on Monday, her younger brother Iqbal Kaskar, was arrested by the crime branch of the Thane Police in connection with an investigation into an extortion case. According to sources, some extortion calls were made in Iqbal’s name to a Thane-based businessman. Iqbal is one of 11 siblings- six brothers and five sisters. Iqbal, arrested by encounter specialist Pradeep Sharma on Monday night. Iqbal has been arrested many times in the past for extortion. A resident of Bhendi Bazar, he had recently moved from the Damarwala building at 33, Pakmodia Street to Parkar’s apartment after a building collapse in the Bhendi Bazar area. Damarwala was the last known address of Dawood before he fled from Mumbai to Dubai. Before he fled in 1986, Dawood and his family lived there.

Iqbal fled the country with Dawood along with Anees while his mother Amina Bi stayed in Mumbai. In 2003, Iqbal was deported from Dubai to India to stand trial in two cases–a murder case and the Sara Sahara illegal construction case. He was acquitted in both cases in 2007. After being deported, he made the Damarwala residence of the Dawood family as his home. Iqbal was last arrested in 2015 for extorting a sum of Rs 3 lakh and thrashing the victim.

Dawood, as most of you must be aware, is India’s most wanted infamous underworld don. While Haseena was 7th eldest, Dawood was the third eldest. Dawood was a son of an honest police constable of Mumbai Police. Head of India’s largest organized crime syndicate in Mumbai, colloquially known as D-Company, Dawood is currently, on Interpol’s most wanted list for organized crime and countefeiting. According to US intelligence agencies, he maintained close links with al-Qaeda’s Osama Bin Laden. As a consequence, the United States declared Dawood Ibrahim a global terrorist in 2003 and pursued the matter with the United Nations in an attempt to freeze his assets around the world and crack down on his operations.

Meanwhile, few days ago, the British government has seized the properties of Dawood which includes a hotel in Warwickshire and other residential properties across the Midlands.

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