Ex-aide of gangster Dawood, Lambu Shakeel, dies of heart ailment
A former aide of fugitive gangster Dawood Ibrahim died in Jaslok Hospital in south Mumbai, medical authorities said today. Shakeel Ahmed Sheikh, also known as Lambu Shakeel, was suffering from a heart ailment and died late night yesterday, a hospital official said. Details of his ailment and death would be released later in an official statement from the hospital, the official added. Here's more.
Shakeel used to oversee smuggling and hawala operations of the Dawood gang in the 1990s and was a trusted lieutenant of the latter, as well as of another gang operative Chhota Shakeel, a senior Crime Branch official said. He took part in the gang's gold smuggling activities and was also allegedly involved in transporting weapons and explosives for them, the official said.
"Having fled the country, Sheikh organized hawala rackets before being held and deported from Dubai in 2003," the official said. He was living with his wife and her parents in the Bohri Mohalla. Sheikh was one of the main accused in 1993 Mumbai blast case.