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Dawood Ibrahim aide Farooq Takla arrested, deported from Dubai to India

SNS | New Delhi |

A close aide of gangster Dawood Ibrahim, Mohamed Farooq also known as Farooq Takla was extradited from the United Arab Emirates on Wednesday and has been brought to India. He is one of the accused in the 1993 Mumbai blasts.

Mustak Mohammad Miya alias Farooq Takla, was at the immigration office of the Indira Gandhi International Airport when a CBI team arrested him as an Interpol Red Corner notice had been issued against him.

He was arrested at the Delhi airport and will be produced before a designated court later today, the CBI spokesperson said.

According to the officials, in the know of developments, central intelligence agencies were working in securing arrests or deportations of close aides of Dawood, who has been designated by the US authorities as a global terrorist and faces sanctions in the United Nations.

Takla, reportedly, faces criminal conspiracy, murder, attempt to murder, voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means and several other charges.

Also read: Who is Farooq Takla? All you want to know about the Dawood aide

Last year, six men were convicted by a special court in connection with the 1993 Mumbai blasts in which 257 persons were killed and 713 were left injured.

The accused included Mustafa Dossa, Abu Salem, Taher Merchant, Feroz Abdul Rashid Khan, Karimullah Khan and Riyaz Siddiqui.

Abdul Qayyum Sheikh, who was arrested in 2007 by the Mumbai police, was acquitted by special Judge G A Sanap.

On March 12, 1993, between 1.30 pm and 3.40 pm, 12 successive bomb explosions took place at 12 different places. The first bomb went off at the Bombay Stock Exchange. The other spots include Katha Bazaar, Lucky petrol pump near Sena Bhavan in Dadar, opposite the passport office near Century Bazaar in Worli, Fishermen’s colony in Mahim, the basement of Air India building in Nariman Point, Zaveri Bazaar, Hotel Sea Rock, Plaza theatre, Centaur hotel in Juhu, Sahar airport and Centaur Hotel at the airport.

On Tuesday, several reports surfaced which claimed that India’s most-wanted terrorist Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar wants to “return” to India but with certain preconditions.

A well-known criminal lawyer Shyam Keswani on Tuesday said fugitive Dawood is “keen to return to India” but the conditions are not acceptable to the Indian government.

Keswani was talking to media outside the Thane Court, where he represented Iqbal Ibrahim Kaskar (the absconder don’s brother) in an extortion case.

(With agency inputs)