Fake/Unverified news on Dawood Ibrahim property seized in Dubai going viral


News being circulated on several news web sites that ‘Dawood Ibrahim property worth Rs 15,000 crores seized by UAE government‘.

It all begin with Zee News article on 3rd January 2016, interestingly there was no UAE or Indian Government officials sources were quoted by Zee News to authenticate this big claim. The only thing it stated was ‘sources’ without naming which kind of source they are referring to.

Screen shot of zee news article which claimed Dawood Ibrahim property worth Rs 15,000 crores seized by UAE government

This news spread like wild fire on whatsapp and other small blogsposts websites with the message : ‘In what is believed to be the biggest ever crackdown on Mumbai serial blasts mastermind Dawood Ibrahim, the UAE government has seized the fugitive’s assets worth Rs15,000 crore. It seems the strategy adopted by Modi is finally breaking the financial backbone of Dawood Ibrahim. Kudos to Modi!’.

Screen shot from a micro blogging website




Screen shot from a micro website.

And then it started trending on whatsapp forward messages.

Screen shot from a whatsapp message which is getting circulated.

Ironically even The Financial Express too claimed this report but quoted ABP News as sources.

The Financial Express reports about Dawood’s property seized by UAE government quoting ABP Flash News as sources.

Meanwhile ABP news too reported the news without stating which official source gave this report.

ABP News reported without naming the report sources.

IOI team investigated by searching all the leading news websites of United Arab Emirates and to our amaze there were not a single news reported about seizure of anyones property or mentioned about Dawood Ibrahim news.


The last news of Dawood Ibrahim in any leading UAE web site was on 23 August 2016 about UN finding 3 out of 9 addresses incorrect in Pakistan given by India.

Screen shot from gulfnews.com

According to Check4spam source its also marked this news are spam.

If we read the above articles we can see that…

  • OutlookIndia refers Financial Express
  • Financial Express refers ABP News
  • ABP News refers Zee News
  • Zee News refers itself which we could not find.

Every Indian wants Dawood Ibrahim to get punished for his involvement in Bombay bomb blast which took several innocent lives. But reports like this which is unverified and will be end as false will bring disappointment for Indian citizens.  Indian government has been trying its best to tackle India’s most wanted criminal Dawood Ibrahim since decades but has failed till now. The recent dossier by Ajit Doval to UAE government requesting to seize the alleged properties and businesses owned by Dawood Ibrahim will be a big blow to Dawood Ibrahim as its believed majority of his assets and businesses are either in Pakistan or in Dubai.


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