Surat: International criminal Dawood Ibrahim’s close aide Farooque Devdiwala has been arrested in Dubai. Devdiwala has been on the run from Surat Police for the past 17 years after a complaint against him was filed by the crime branch at Salbatpura Police station. Even Dawood was an accused in this complaint.

Farooque alias Alam Abdulgani Devdiwala has been accused of getting the RDX supplied for the 2001 bomb blasts conspiracy and planning to kill an MLA from Surat and who is currently a comparator, Naval Patel. Charges under IPC section 121 and 122 were filed against Farooque and Dawood by the crime branch for an attempt to spread terror in Gujarat. Another complaint against Farooque is at Salabatpura Police station where charges under IPC Section 307 and 120 (B) are filed against him and was declared wanted by the Surat Police.

After several complaints were filed against Farooque in Mumbai, Surat, and Delhi, he had fled the country under an alias. The Anti-Terrorist Squad has been on the lookout for him and were scanning through his possible addresses abroad. After the ATS found out his Dubai address, they informed the Dubai Police who immediately acted on the tip-off and arrested Farooque. As there was a red corner notice declared against him in the past, it was easier for the police to apprehend him now without any legal tangles.