Lakdawala was apprehended by Mumbai Crime Branch’s anti-extortion cell team at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport on Wednesday. (Photo Credit: Twitter)
Fugitive gangster Ejaz Lakdawala, wanted in connection with several cases of extortion, attempt to kill and rioting, has been arrested by Mumbai Police, an official said on Thursday. Lakdawala was apprehended by Mumbai Crime Branch’s anti-extortion cell team at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport on Wednesday, the official said. He once worked for underworld don Dawood Ibrahim before forming his own gang, he said.
In May 2004, he was arrested by the Canadian Police in Ottawa. A few years back he was believed to be somewhere in North America, although he frequently changed his locations to South East Asia as well. A Red Corner notice had earlier been issued against him.
His arrest comes days after his daughter Sonia Lakdawala was arrested by Anti-Extortion Cell (AEC) of the Mumbai crime branch. Sonia was arrested by the AEC officials while she was trying to flee the country. Soniya was flying to Nepal on a forged passport and was booked and arrested for forgery and passport act. As her remand in the earlier case ended on Monday, she was arrested in connection with the extortion case registered against her and her father on the complaint of the Bandra based realtor.
Ejaz Lakdawala once worked for underworld don Dawood Ibrahim before forming his own gang. (Credits: News Nation)
Last year, Ejaz Lakdawala’s brother was arrested for allegedly trying to extort money from a builder. Probe revealed that Akil was also involved in the extortion racket, and following a tip-off, he was nabbed from Mira Road area on the outskirts of Mumbai. He was booked under IPC section 386 (extortion) and 120 (criminal conspiracy) and produced before a court which remanded him in police custody.