The National Investigation Agency, which had registered a case earlier this year against 1993 Mumbai blasts mastermind Dawood Ibrahim and other members of his international terror syndicate D Company, has declared a Rs 25,00,000 cash reward for any person who shares information leading to his arrest.
In a notice dated August 18, 2022, the NIA also announced cash rewards for information leading to arrest of Dawood’s four key associates of Rs 20,00,000 for Shakeel Shaikh alias Chhota Shakeel and Rs 15,00,000 each for Haji Anees alias Anees Ibrahim Shaikh, Javed Patel alias Javed Chikna and Ibrahim Mushtaq Abdul Razzaq Memon alias Tiger Memon. The NIA cash award for the arrest of India’s “most wanted” underworld don, who reportedly resides in Pakistan under ISI’s protection and is now working closely with Pakistan-based terror outfits Lashker- e -Taiba, Jaish -e -Mohammad and Al Qaeda, comes 29 years after he executed the 1993 Mumbai blasts.
Interestingly, it is not the highest cash reward declared by NIA. Of the eight-absconding accused carrying a bounty above Rs 10,00,000, information on CPI (Maoist) top leader Nambala Keshava Rao commands the highest reward of Rs 50,00,000; that on dreaded Maoist commander Hidma Rs 25,00,000 and on Sikhs For Justice mastermind Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, Rs 20,00,000.