Mumbai: Five police personnel, including a sub-inspector, were on Friday suspended for providing preferential treatment to fugitive don Dawood Ibrahim’s brother Iqbal Kaskar in Maharashtra’s Thane jail, news agency ANI reported. Notably, Iqbal Kaskar and two of his aides were arrested in September, 2017 by the Thane police in a separate case of extortion of Rs 30 lakh and four flats from a builder.

Joint Police Commissioner Madhukar Pandey arrested the cops after Kaskar was caught in a sting operation, conducted by a news channel, TOI reported.

Following a court’s order, Kaskar was on taken to a hospital for blood and sugar levels treatment on Thursday, but he was caught meeting his relatives there. Kaskar was also caught smoking and eating biryani, the newspaper reported.

Earlier, reports surfaced about Dawood Ibrahim using his two nephews to send messages to his brother Iqbal Kaskar, lodged in a Thane jail. Iqbal Kaskar’s son Rizwan and his older brother Anees Ibrahim’s son Aaris came to Mumbai from Dubai in December 2017 to meet Kaskar in Thane Central jail. They left in the first week of January 2018, police sources said. The police officer said that Aaris travelled from Dubai on a tourist visa and they flew to Delhi and from there, travelled on a train to get to Mumbai. The two had brief meetings with Iqbal Kaskar twice on alternate days. A police source told TOI that the duo stayed at a relative’s place in Gamdevi area in south Mumbai, took a cab to Thane to meet Kaskar. They were accompanied by a close relative, the police said.