5 December 2022

Meerut: The Uttar Pradesh police on Wednesday arrested mining mafia and ex-BSP MLC Mohd Haji Iqbal’s fourth son Abdul Wajid from Indira Gandhi International ( IGI ) airport while he was checking in for a Dubai flight. He carried a reward of Rs 50,000 for information leading to his arrest.

SP ( rural ) Saharanpur Suraj Rai said ” We had prior information of his movement and had alerted airport authorities also in this regard. Our team was on the spot.

As and when he entered the airport and began the process of checking – in , our team arrested him from there. “

Fugitive mining mafia Haji Iqbal's
Fugitive mining mafia Haji Iqbal’s

Wajid, 36, has close to 20 cases registered against him including that of rape. Iqbal’s three sons are already behind bars along with his brother and former MLC Meh mood Ali who was arrested in July from Mumbai. ” During preliminary questioning, Wajid revealed that he was hiding in Ajmer Sharif. He had no information about his father, ” added Rai.

Fugitive Iqbal, accused of running a mining syndicate in and around Saharanpur, is facing a probe for allegedly laundering money to the tune of Rs 10,000 crore. He is also under the scanner of central investigative agencies, including the Serious Fraud Investigation Office ( SFIO ), the enforcement directorate, and the income tax department. ” Now only Iqbal is left to be arrested and we are closing in on him too, ” said SP.

Saharanpur police alone have attached Iqbal’s properties worth Rs 337 crore. In 2021, ED had attached Iqbal’s assets worth Rs 1,097 crore.

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