Nishant A Bhuse | Last Modified - May 05, 2011, 11:41 PM IST
World's second most wanted terrorist, fugitive don Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar, shifted his base from Pakistan to an Arab country on the night of May 1, 2011.
Highly placed sources in the Indian Intelligence agencies have revealed that Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar and his family, with his close associate Chhota Shakeel, have shifted base from Pakistan to Saudi Arabia.
Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) was aware that Central Investigation Agency (CIA) of America had located and cordoned Osama Bin Laden’s hideout in Pakistan and after the elimination of the 9/11 mastermind, India would definitely pressurise the United Nations and Pakistan government to hand over the fugitive gangster.
Anticipating the demand, Dawood and his family were immediately asked to vacate his palatial ‘Mohin Palace’ located near the Saudi mosque at the Clifton area in Karachi and shift his base on the dark night of May 1, 2011, when operation Osama was about to be executed.
An insider from the intelligence agency has also revealed the travel route taken by the Don.
"Dawood and his family travelled over 670 miles in 15 hours through the express road route from Karachi to Kabul in Afghanistan, accompanied by his personal security and a caravan of six bullet proof Range Rovers vehicles. The don and his family further boarded a private jet from Kabul K Rawash airport to Bahrain airport in Saudi Arabia."
Though Dawood recently underwent an open heart surgery, the don had to take a calculative risk to travel via road route, which was safe in view of ISI officials. Sources said that one of the SUVs of Dawood had a portable Intensive Care Unit system installed with a doctor round the clock in case of emergency.
A source elaborates, "His last location was Bahrain airport after which the intelligence agencies lost contact with the fugitive don. Since he and his family have gowned new identity with Saudi passports."