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Was Dawood Ibrahim behind Azad Maidan violence?

According to certain media sources the Intelligence Bureau has informed the Maharashtra government's home department that underworld don Dawood Ibrahim's gang played a vital role in the violence at Azad Maidan in Mumbai on 11 August. According to senior officers in the state home ministry, the IB information is based on evidence collected through intercepts of international telephone conversations.

Media sources claim that all information related to the planning of the violence at Azad Maidan and the execution of the same, has been handed over to Home minister RR Patil. Sources say that a day after the incident, chief minister Prithviraj Chavan had told media that there was an initial suspicion about the possibility of this violence being planned abroad. As information goes, telephonic intercepts show that there is evidence to prove Chavan's speculation. IB officials who analysed the intercepts have identified telephone numbers and voices of known underworld members lodged abroad, says the media source. Some of these intercepted conversations took place on 10 August, while most other calls were made on 11 August.

Intelligence officials have drawn the conclusion that underworld gang members were given specific instructions on how to start the violence and whom to target by mingling with the protesters at the rally in Azad Maidan, claims the media source. 'The motive was to cause chaos and possibly instigate communal riots in other parts of the city,' the official said.
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