After 20 years on the run, gangster Ejaz Lakdawala arrested by Mumbai Police
In a major breakthrough, Mumbai Police have arrested notorious gangster and underworld don Ejaz Lakdawala, who was has been on the run for the last 20 years.
Mumbai Police Commissioner Sanjay Barve confirmed that Lakdawala was arrested in Patna two days ago. The arrest was made by the Mumbai Crime Branch’s Anti-Extortion Cell with the support of the Bihar Police.
Lakdawala once worked for underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, but later formed his own gang. He has been associated with various mafia gangs and wanted in connection with several cases of extortion, attempt to kill and rioting in the past in Mumbai.
With an Interpol red corner notice pending against him, he has been on the run and been spotted in various locations like Dubai, Bangkok, and Ontario in the past couple of decades.
In 2003, Lakdawala was rumoured to have been killed in an attack by a rival gang in Bangkok. However, intel later showed that he had moved to Canada and was running his extortion business from there.
Lakdawala reportedly has as many as 27 cases registered against him, of which 25 are in Mumbai alone. Following his arrest, he was produced before a Mumbai court and remanded to custody till January 21.
Earlier, Mumbai Crime Branch’s Anti-Extortion Cell also arrested Lakdawala’s daughter Soniya when she was trying to sneak out of India on a forged passport. She too was arrested in connection with an extortion case relating to a Bandra based realtor.
“His daughter was in our custody. She gave a lot of information to us. Our sources also told us about his arrival in Patna, he was arrested in Jattanpur police station limits,” Joint Commissioner of Police, Crime, Santosh Rastogi said.