Dawood Ibrahim’s ex-aide Akhtar Merchant held at Nalasopara

Dawood Ibrahim’s ex-aide Akhtar Merchant held at Nalasopara

Akhtar Merchant, the former aide of India’s most wanted don Dawood Ibrahim, was held on Friday in Nalasopara, near Mumbai. The 56-year-old was planning to flee to Nairobi.

He has been hiding in Bangladesh since 2018 after his role in the abduction of a Mira Road-based businessman was established.

Inspector Mansing Patil of the Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) said that Merchant was associated with Dawood Ibrahim.

Later he set up his own gang and was wanted for several offences including extortion and kidnapping in Thane and Vasai-Virar belt, Patil said.

A case under IPC sections 364(A) (kidnapping for ransom) and 384 (extortion) and provisions of the Arms Act was registered against Merchant at Naya Nagar police station in Thane district in 2018.

He was on the run since then, and was suspected to have fled to Nepal and Bangladesh, Patil said.

Recently Merchant returned to Mumbai. After receiving a tip-off that he was back in Nalasopara area, a trap was laid and he was nabbed near Civic Centre Chowk on Tuesday, the officer said.

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