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Dawood Ibrahim not on Indian intelligence radar, can extradite him only after he is located: Centre

Dawood Ibrahim not on Indian intelligence radar, can extradite him only after he is located: Centre

Dawood Ibrahim is accused by India of being the mastermind of the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts.

New Delhi: Underworld don and one of India's most wanted terrorist Dawood Ibrahim is not on the radar of intelligence agencies, the Union government admitted in Parliament on Tuesday. Minister of State (Home) Haribhai Parthibhai Chaudhary informed Parliament that Dawood Ibrahim's whereabouts are unknown and an extradition process can only be initiated after he is located.

Chaudhary's statements are contradictory to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh's stand who in December, 2014 had said action would be taken to bring Dawood back to India.

Meanwhile, former Intelligence Bureau special director Rajendra Kumar contradicted the government's claims. He said there is no chance of Dawood leaving Pakistan. "Dawood cannot move out of Pakistan. ISI moves him from one place to another. The government must continue to put pressure on Pakistan over Dawood," he said.

Dawood Ibrahim is accused by India of being the mastermind of the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts. On March 12, 1993, the city of Mumbai was rocked by 13 explosions in different parts of the city. It resulted in 257 fatalities and over 700 were injured.

1993 Bombay bomb blast cases

There were a series of bomb explosions in Mumbai on March 12, 1993, which resulted in death of 257 persons, injuries of various types to 713 persons and destruction of properties worth more than Rs 27 crore. The explosions were caused at vital government installations, public premises and crowded places with intention to overawe the government established by law and to cause terror among public at large. Twenty-seven criminal cases were registered at respective Police stations in Mumbai, Thane Distt and Raigarh Distt with regard to the said incidents.

It was disclosed during investigation that the acts committed by the accused persons were outcome of a single conspiracy, hatched by Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar, Anis Ibrahim Kaskar, Tiger Memon, Mohd. Dossa, Mustafa Ahmed Dossa, Abu Salem and other accused persons, during the period December, 1992 to April, 1993, with the object to create disturbances of serious nature by committing terrorist acts, like bomb explosions, murder and causing destruction of properties throughout India by use of explosives.

In pursuance of the said criminal conspiracy, a large quantity of arms, like AK-56 rifles, pistols, hand-grenades, ammunition and RDX explosives were illegally smuggled into India through sea at Dighi Jetty and Shekhadi Coast in Mhaharashtra, during the month of January, 1993 and February, 1993. These illegally smuggled arms and ammunitions were kept and stored with different persons at different places. During investigation, a large quantity of such smuggled arms, ammunition and explosives were recovered and seized.

A number of accused persons were given training in India and in Pakistan in handling of sophisticated arms and ammunitions. They were also given training in making bombs by using RDX explosives. Strategic places were selected as targets to cause bomb blasts in Mumbai.

A number of vehicles (4 wheelers and two wheelers) were purchased in cash in assumed names. False cavities were got prepared in the said vehicles, which were converted into vehicle bombs by filling RDX explosives, during the night of March 11th and 12th, 1993. RDX explosives was also filled in suit-cases and the said suit-case were converted into bombs.

On March 12, 1993, RDX filled vehicles and suitcases were planted at Bombay Stock Exchange, Air India Building, Near Shiv Sena Bhawan, Plaza Cinema and thickly populated commercial places like Zaveri Bazar, Shekh Memon Street etc.

The suit-case-bombs were planted in the rooms of 3 five star hotels, namely Hotel Sea Rock, Hotel Juhu Centaur Hotel and Airport Centaur, Mumbai. Explosions were caused in the said vehicle-bombs and suit-case-bombs in the afternoon of March 12, 1993 and within a period of about two hours, large scale death and destruction was caused. Hand-grenades were thrown at two places i.e. Sahar International Airport, Mumbai and Fishermen ’s Colony, Mahim, Mumbai.

First Charge-sheet was filed against 189 accused persons on 04.11.1993. Subsequently, 23 Supplementary Charge-sheets have been filed.

On completion of trial, the Court has convicted 100 accused persons of various offences. Twelve accused have been awarded death sentence and 20 accused have been sentenced to life imprisonment. Thirty-three accused, including Global Terrorist Dawood Ibrahim are still absconding.

CBI has arrested 30 absconders. It has also been successful in getting Abu Salem and Taher Mohd. Merchant extradited from Portugal and UAE respectively.

first published:May 05, 2015, 14:30 IST