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Seven takeaways from CNN-News18's call with Dawood Ibrahim

In an expose that ended mystery surrounding fugitive gangster Dawood Ibrahim's whereabouts, CNN-News18's Manoj Gupta spoke directly to the gangster.

Seven takeaways from CNN-News18's call with Dawood Ibrahim

In an expose that ended mystery surrounding fugitive gangster Dawood Ibrahim's whereabouts, CNN-News18's Manoj Gupta spoke directly to the gangster.

Gupta spoke to the 61-year-old gangster who is wanted in India for organising and financing the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts that left 257 dead and 717 injured.

The full conversation took place between CNN-News18's Manoj Gupta, Dawood Ibrahim and the gangster's close aide Javed Chotani in May.

Also read: Full transcript of CNN-News18’s phone call with Dawood Ibrahim

This is for the first time that the 61-year-old don spoke to any television channel.

Here are the seven takeaways from the conversation:

Dawood is alive and in command

Contrary to some reports in the media, about the gangster's death, the conversation proves that Dawood is alive.

Dawood resides in Karachi

The gangster operates out of his house: D-13, Block-4, Clifton, Karachi. In May 2016, CNN-News18 tracked down his bungalow.

His number (+923x4xx3xxx3) starts with the country code '+92' which belongs to Pakistan. Indian intelligence agencies also support the claim.

Aide does not deny his identity

At no point in the conversation does Dawood's aide Chotani deny his own identity. In fact, he promises to connect Gupta to Dawood after asking for Gupta's phone number.

It makes India's case stronger

India has accused Pakistan of sheltering Dawood and his close aides in Karachi for a long time. India wants Pakistan to take arrest Dawood and shut his businesses. Through a dossier, India has also shared contact details such as series phone numbers and addresses with the Pakistan government. The residence in Clifton, Karachi was also part of the list of address intimated to the Pakistani authorities.

Dawood is determined to prove they are not in Karachi

When Gupta said, "So, sir? You are in Karachi, Pakistan," Javed Chotani quickly replied "Who said so?" Dawood himself tried to cut the conversation by saying, "Don’t waste time."

Dawood is ruffled

The gangster seems ruffled when he hears his name and that an Indian news channel had contacted him. When CNN-News18's Gupta introduces himself, Dawood says, "No, this is Chotani" and quickly passes the phone to Chotani.

Dawood is not suffering from gangrene

When asked about his health, particularly about gangrene, Dawood says that he only suffered from high blood pressure once.

The conversation itself proves Dawood’s active role and rejects the theory that he is grievously ill.

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