Washington: The US on Friday slapped sanctions against two Indians, including a brother of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, and a Pakistan-based paper company for their ties with D Company.
Designation of two long-time members of D Company, Shaikh Anees Ibrahim Kaskar (Anees Ibrahim), the brother of Dawood Ibrahim, and Aziz Moosa Bilakhia (Bilakhia), comes less than a fortnight before US President Barack Obama’s visit ot India.
Anees is known to be involved in narcotics trafficking, extortion, contract killings, and money laundering on behalf of D Company. He is also accused of involvement in the 1993 Mumbai blasts.
The Treasury also targeted Mehran Paper Mill, a Pakistan-based paper company owned or controlled by Ibrahim.
Bilakhia works directly for Anees and Dawood and manages extortion, enforcement, and debt collection activities for D Company.
Bilakhia has been involved with D Company since at least the 1993 Mumbai bombings, for which he is wanted by Indian authorities, the Treasury said in a statement.
The United States and India in a joint statement after the September 30 meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Obama had pledged co-operation in curbing the activities of the Pakistan-based Dawood Ibrahim, who runs a criminal network in South Asia.
“Today, the United States is targeting D Company, a violent organisation notorious for its drug trafficking activities and terrorism,” said Adam J Szubin, Director of the Office of Foreign Assets Control.
“Combatting transnational organised crime is a top US priority, and we will continue to expose the activities of D Company and the underpinnings of criminal financial networks worldwide,” he added.
D Company is involved in a variety of criminal activities, including narcotics trafficking, extortion, smuggling, and contract killings.
In October 2003, the Treasury Department named Dawood Ibrahim as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist, and in June 2006, the United States named both Dawood Ibrahim and D Company as Significant Foreign Narcotics Traffickers pursuant to the Kingpin Act.
Additionally, in May 2012, Treasury designated two senior D Company lieutenants, Chhota Shakeel and Ibrahim ‘Tiger’ Memon, under the Kingpin Act.