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Delhi Sainik comes to bid for Dawood's property

Delhi Sainik comes to bid for Dawood's property

Author: S. Ahmed Ali
Date: March 28, 2001

Amid tight security inside Hotel Diplomat in Colaba, Income Tax officers waited to auction the properties of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim. On January 11 too they had waited but no one turned up to bid. But at 3pm today, Ajay Kumar Srivastav, who claims to be the Delhi unit president of Bharatiya Vidyarthi Sena, walked in.

Out of the 12 properties listed, he picked up an industrial block at the Jayraj lane in Central Mumbai, the cheapest, at Rs 2.5 lakh. Srivastav had come prepared with a demand draft for the earnest money, 25 per cent of the amount.

Additional Commissioner of Income Tax, Sayyad Ashraf, confirmed the bidding.It is not clear who is backing Srivastav since it is difficult to expect anyone from Delhi coming in to take on the powerful underworld. Police sources said that they are closely monitoring the developments.

When contacted, Shiv Sena leader Raj Thackeray confirmed that Ajay Kumar Srivastav is the president of his party's students wing in Delhi. But he said he was not aware of any such transaction.

Delhi Shiv Sena chief Jai Bhagwan Goyal too was not aware of such a move. He said: ''Someone mentioned this to me. I cannot figure out the logic of this. Ajay obviously did not take advice from me or any other senior leader. He should have. There is no way in which the party is going to gain from this. If Balasahib wanted someone to pick up this property he could have asked the numerous Sainiks in Mumbai to do so. Why Ajay? It looks like he has done this on his own.''When asked if he had the blessings of his Sena bosses, Srivastav said he had sent a message across and could not contact Raj Thackeray as he was in a meeting.

Srivastav said he was buying the property to encourage the others. He said: ''The property is worth Rs 80 lakh to Rs 90 lakh but as there were no bidders, we got it for Rs 2.5 lakh. I am going to start relief work from there for the victims of the bomb blasts.'' The property which was auctioned today is occupied by garment manufacturers and the Income Tax authorities will have to evict them. When asked about evicting the occupants of the premises, Srivastav said: ''I don't think Mumbai police will be able to help. I have to seek the court's help.''Mumbai Police Commissioner M.N. Singh said: ''I have not recieved any information about the auction or who bought it but if needed we will give (him) security.''

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