The auction will take place in Hotel Diplomat in South Mumbai. Former city based journalist S Balakrishnan, a Delhi-based lawyer Ajay Shrivastava and president of Hindu Mahasabha Swami Chakrapani are among the bidders who have shown interest in these assets, police said.
"Local police force will be deployed at the site and we will keep a watch at the event," said DCP (Detection) Dhananjay Kulkarni. Assests on auction include an eatery on Pakmodia Street
where the gangster lived in 1980s, tenancy rights of a room in a building at Matunga and a car gathering dust in the premises of a police station in suburban Ghatkopar.
The government agency has appointed a private firm to hold the auction under the Smugglers and Foreign Exchange Manipulators (Forfeiture of Properties) Act, 1976.

Speaking to media, Balakrishnan, who is the Chairman of Desh Seva Samiti, said, "My NGO wants this property (eatery on Pakmodia) to help underprivileged women and children of Bhendi Bazar to learn computers. This will help the people in society and give a strong message to gangsters like Dawood that Indians are not afraid from him and he can no longer unleash terror in the country."

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