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'Dawood's assets worth Rs 15,000 cr seized in UAE': BJP cites media report to hail PM Modi's 'masterstroke'

Bharatiya Janata Party today cited unconfirmed media reports to claim a masterstroke by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in getting the UAE to seize assets worth Rs 15,000 crore belonging to India's most wanted criminal Dawood
India TV Politics Desk New Delhi January 05, 2017 12:25 IST
India TV Politics Desk

Bharatiya Janata Party today cited unconfirmed media reports to claim a masterstroke by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in getting the UAE to seize  assets worth Rs 15,000 crore belonging to India's most wanted criminal Dawood Ibrahim. 

Hailing the said move as a victory of PM Narendra Modi's diplomatic efforts, the party said the the UAE government took action against Dawood on the basis of a dossier provided by its Indian counterpart.

"Major diplomatic success of PM Modi: One of India's most wanted criminals, Dawood Ibrahim's properties worth Rs. 15,000 crore seized in UAE," the official Twitter account of the party claimed.

"Master-stroke diplomacy by PM Narendra Modi hits at the right place. Prime Minister had handed over the list of his (Dawood's) assets to the UAE government during his 2015 visit and demanded action," a graphic put out by it said.

The saffron party quoted a media report to make the claim. Efforts are on to bring Dawood to face law in India, it added.

Meanwhile, there has been no official confirmation on the part of the government or agencies regarding the move.

The Indian intelligence and investigative agencies, as well as the ministry of external affairs, insisted that they were unaware of any such development, a Times of India report said.

Dawood, who is currently said to be based in Pakistan, has been closely tracked by India for his complicity in the 1993 serial blasts in Mumbai as well as terror acts masterminded by Pakistan's spy agency ISI. 

Dubai used to be the favourite hunting ground for Dawood, who acquired huge assets there.