Daud Merchant extradited to India now under Mumbai police custody

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Themorningbellbd.com desk, November 11:  Mumbai police have taken Indian music baron Gulshan Kumar’s murder convict Abdul Rauf alias Daud Merchant into their custody after he was handed over to Border Security Force (BSF) in Meghalaya state.

Daud Merchant, former aide of Dawood Ibrahim, was released from a jail in Bangladesh on November 7. Later, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said there were no information about him with the government.

However, Indian media on Friday reported that Border Security Forces (BSF) of Meghalaya state had arrested Daud Merchant and then informed the Mumbai police.

A senior official of Mumbai police said: “Our team have taken Daud Merchant into their custody. He was trying to enter India illegally. We produced him before the Mumbai High Court. Daud Merchant is a convict in Gulshan Kumar murder case, and he fled receiving bail on parole in 2009.”

When contacted, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Sanjay Saxena said, “The BSF, after questioning Daud Merchant, found out that he was wanted in Mumbai for jumping parole in the Gulshan Kumar murder case.”

Merchant was flown to Mumbai early on Thursday morning and produced in the high court, he said.

“The High Court has directed us to produce him in the sessions court on Friday,” Saxena added.

The process of handing Daud over to the Indian authorities was completed along the Indo-Bangladesh border in the presence of Border Security Forces (BSF), Indian daily The Hindu reports.

Merchant was handed over to the Indian authorities in Meghalaya late on Wednesday night and was then taken to the Guwahati airport via road, Crime Branch officials said.

Merchant, who was convicted for the murder and sentenced to life imprisonment in 2002, absconded when he was out on parole in 2009. He subsequently came to Bangladesh, where he was arrested for entering the country illegally, and then again for alleged terrorist links. His jail term expired last week.

For the last couple of months, the Indian government has been in talks for his deportation with the Bangladesh government.

Merchant was convicted for killing Bollywood music baron Gulshan Kumar in 1997.

Kumar was shot while he was coming out of a temple in Andheri on August 12, 1997.

Allegedly a contract killer, Merchant, 37, was sentenced to life term in Mumbai in 2002 for killing Kumar. Merchant, was the only one of 19 accused to be convicted in the case.

Source: Agencies