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Gulshan Kumar Murder Convict Daud Merchant To Be Handed Over To India
Gulshan Kumar Murder Convict Daud Merchant To Be Handed Over To India

Top aide of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, Daud Merchant will be handed over to India where he was convicted for killing Bollywood music baron Gulshan Kumar in 1997, according to sources.

Bangladesh had on Monday freed Merchant on the expiry of his jail term for cross-border intrusion.

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Known to be close to Mumbai mafia don Dawood Ibrahim, Merchant was jailed by a Bangladeshi court for five years, which expired in December 2014. He was briefly released, but was immediately re-arrested and prison official said he was detained under a law meant for people accused of “suspicious movement” for the past three years.

Allegedly a contract killer, he was sentenced to life term in India in 2002 for killing Kumar who headed the music company T-Series in 1997. He absconded after being released on parole in April, 2009 to visit his family in Mumbai.

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The same year, detectives arrested him from Brahmanbarhia’s Mourail, with two associates, while he was hiding in the residence of one Kamal Mian. He was then sentenced to five years in prison for intruding and illegally staying in Bangladesh. Merchant’s release came 11 months after Bangladesh said that they decided to extradite him.