In line with the government's efforts to neutralize Dawood Ibrahim's activities in India, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has approached South African authorities seeking details and access to D Company henchman settled there - Zahid Miyan alias Jao, who played a key role in the conspiracy to kill BJP, RSS, Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal members.
The agency has also prepared an extradition request which will be forwarded to South Africa, said sources. NIA has already given his address in South Africa - as 23, Malan Road, Korsten, Durban Road, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape asking the authorities to arrest him, according to a TOI report.
Officials say that Jao, who works with Pakistan-based Javed Chikna, has taken citizenship in South Africa while managing Dawood's illegal businesses there so extradition is the only option now.
NIA says that Jao along with Chikna masterminded the conspiracy to kill Hindu leaders who they believed were active in Gujarat riots of 2002 and who are generally vocal and perceived to be anti-Muslim.
Jao and Chikna had asked youngsters, who work for D Company in India, to target Hindu leaders and get jobs in South Africa along with good money. He also coordinated the arrangement of hawala money and prepared a list of targets while interacting on chats with Javed Chikna and others in Pakistan, Dubai, India and other places.
Sleuths believe that Jao's extradition will help them in identifying D Company's illegal businesses in South Africa and other countries.
A red corner notice has already been issued against Jao and if he is caught there, NIA team may even seek to visit South Africa and assist in his extradition. NIA has already chargesheeted 10 D Company men including Chikna's brother Abid Patel in the conspiracy.