Exclusive: Here is what underworld don Chhota Shakeel looks like now
Chhota Shakeel, one of the most wanted underworld criminals, has so far been known by pictures reportedly taken in late eighties. That has now changed.
Indian agencies have gotten hold of a picture of Chhota Shakeel they believe is a latest one, and it has been accessed by India Today.
Police sources confirmed the picture was taken in 2016 during the birthday celebrations of another wanted fugitive from the 1993 Mumbai blasts case.
WHO IS CHHOTA SHAKEEL?
Chhota Shakeel has been on the radar for around three decades now. He is wanted for several cases of murder, extortion and terrorism related case of the 1993 Mumbai blasts.
Dawood Ibrahim's most trusted aide, Shakeel is known as the CEO of Dawood's D Company. Reports say he has been residing in a mansion close to the underworld don's place in Karachi, Pakistan.
The latest case in which Shakeel was named was when the Thane police arrested Dawood's younger brother, Iqbal Kaskar, on the charges of extortion last year. Shakeel was accused of helping Kaskar and threatening victims to extort money.
Sources say Kaskar's arrest has worsened the already-bad terms between his close aide Anees Ibrahim and Shakeel. Though this feud triggered a rift between Shakeel and Dawood, the two are said to have sorted out their differences.
"Shakeel still has a major control over the Dawood Ibrahim gang and runs its day-to-day show. There have been differences...but those have been sorted out and they are running the illegal empire with help of ISI" said a senior police officer from Maharashtra police who has dealt with cases involving Shakeel and Dawood have been named as accused.
This new picture of Chhota Shakeel shows that he, despite being a most-wanted criminal and on Interpol's wanted list, is living a comfortable life in Pakistan.