VIRTUALLY ANNOUNCING his candidature for the coming assembly election in the state, Abu Salem’s supporters have pasted hundreds of posters of the jailed don in Mubarakpur, 16 km from here, expressing good wishes to people on the occasion of Eid and Diwali.
Posters were also stuck at Palika Bhawan and other government buildings in the town, sending the government machinery in a tizzy.
The posters carried Urdu slogans, which said, “I have the heart of a lion and can change the course of a storm if you (people) extend me support.” However, the posters did not have the printer or publishers’ names. The posters were pasted in the night, making it difficult to identify the people behind the act, police said adding the matter was being investigated. Abu Salem, a former close aide of Dawood Ibrahim, was extradited from Portugal last November and has been booked in eight cases, including the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case. His counsel Ashok Sarogi had declared that Salem would contest the upcoming assembly elections fromMubarakpur as an independent.
A native of Sarai Mir area of the district, Salem migrated to Mumbai in the early 1990s.