Dawood Ibrahim seeks Maoists’ help to enter mining biz

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Having failed in his attempts last year, underworld don Dawood Ibrahim is making a fresh bid to get into the country’s illegal mining and coal business, specially in Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Orissa and Bihar where the illicit trade is estimated to be worth over Rs 1,000 crores.

Dawood’s associates are trying to influence top Maoist leaders in Nepal to pressure their compatriots in India to help him establish a presence.

This starling revelation in a highly classified report has been circulating in New Delhi’s security/intelligence community.

The report, which is in the possession of this newspaper, reveals that Dawood had made a similar attempt last year too, but it was thwarted by the intelligence agencies.

This time India’s most wanted criminal is offering a lot more money, plus the latest arms and ammunition as well as sophisticated explosives to the Naxalites for their help.The Naxalite outfits have a strong presence in these mineral-rich states.

The report warns that the possibility of the Naxals agreeing to help Dawood this time is “very high... as they have suffered severe reverses in the past few months, and are in need of more resources — money and sophisticated arms.”

The report estimates Dawood Ibrahim is currently worth around Rs 12,000 crores.

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