Fugitive underworld don Dawood Ibrahimâ€™s younger sister and underworld queen Haseena Parkar died of a heart attack in South Mumbaiâ€™s Habib Hospital on Sunday evening, Indian media reported.
â€œShe died of a cardiac arrest, additional commissioner of police, Krishna Prakash told The Hindu.
â€œThe news was confirmed by Iqbal Kaskar (Dawoodâ€™s brother) to Chota Shakeel (Dawoodâ€™s lieutenant) who in turn broke the news to Dawood Ibrahim,â€ a senior Maharashtra police officer said.
Dawood, one of Indiaâ€™s most wanted men, has also been sick for a long time.
Parkar was reportedly the former Mumbai underworldâ€™s don primary contact person in Mumbai for managing his extortion business.
â€œIf Dawood wanted any information on anyone, she was asked to gather it. She herself used to run a small extortion racket in Nagpada telling local builders and businessman that she was the donâ€™s sister,â€ Mr. Prakash said.
She was booked in an alleged extortion case in 2008.
Pakistan routinely denies Indian charges that it shelters Dawood Ibrahim ever since the don became a fugitive for his alleged role in the serial bomb blasts that hit Mumbai in 1993 in apparent retaliation for the demolition of the Babri Masjid in December 1992.
First Published In Dawn , 7th July, 2014.