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UNITED STATES - India's crime lords' assets frozen

Published:Wednesday | May 16, 2012 | 12:00 AM


The Obama administration is slapping sanctions on two senior lieutenants of India's most-wanted organised crime lords.

The Treasury Department yesterday designated the two men, Chhota Shakeel and Ibrahim 'Tiger' Memon, as drug-trafficking kingpins. The step freezes any assets they may have in US jurisdictions and bars Americans from doing business with them. The men are close associates of Dawood Ibrahim, who is alleged to control criminal gangs in India's business hub of Mumbai and is accused of smuggling heroin and hashish from Afghanistan and Thailand to the US, Europe, the Mideast, Latin America, and Africa.

Ibrahim is also the alleged mastermind of the 1993 bombings in Mumbai that killed 257 people. Indian police say Ibrahim lives in Karachi, Pakistan, but Pakistani officials deny that Ibrahim is there.