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7) Chota Shakeel

June 24, 2008
Once the three Khalistan movement lost its steam, the focus of the intelligence agencies shifts to the old hands of modern day terrorism in India outside the Kashmir Valley. Chota Shakeel and others in the list are all involved in one way or the other in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts.

In May 2006, Prakash Jaju, actor Priyanka Chopra's recently-fired manager went to the police claiming that he got a threatening call from a man, who claimed he was Chota Shakeel asking him to withdraw the police case he had filed against Chopra. Though the caller's identity was never proven, that is exactly what Shakeel specializes in -- extortion in the movie industry.

Intelligence agencies say Shakeel is a key ISI operative as his men help them with information about all things India and also help the agency to identify suspected Indian intelligence agents even as they land in Pakistan.

He has been charged with attempts to murder Shiv Sena leader Milind Vaidya and several Bollywood personalities. Shakeel continues to live in Karachi with his boss, Dawood Ibrahim and it is also said that he has bought several properties in prime localities in Mumbai under various fronts.

Image: Tourists go through an assortment of pirated music CDs and DVDs.
Photograph: Richard A Brooks/AFP/Getty Images

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