Cops deny Tiger Memon called up family before Yakub's hanging

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Aug 07, 2015 21:03 IST

The police denied on Friday reports that absconding underworld criminal and prime accused in the 1993 Mumbai blasts Tiger Memon called up his family and threatened to avenge his brother Yakub Memon’s hanging last week.

Tiger purportedly rang up his mother Hanifa at her Mahim residence barely 40 minutes before Yakub’s hanging on July 30 and vowed "vowed" to "avenge" his brother's death and "make them pay for it", according to a newspaper report.

But Mumbai Police said no such conversation took place. "We want to clarify that we do not have any such intercepted conversation and we also clarify that such said transcript does not belong to Mumbai police," said deputy commissioner of police Dhananjay Kulkarni.

Investigators say Tiger and Dawood Ibrahim were behind the series of blasts that rocked India’s financial capital in 1993, killing 257 and injuring hundreds. Tiger and Ibrahim have been absconding ever since while key conspirator Yakub was executed on June 30 after the Supreme

Court turned down his final petition in a dramatic late-night hearing.

In the reported conversation, a distraught Hanifa is heard sobbing and asks Tiger to stop the violence. "Stop this, due to the first incident, I have lost Yakub. Now I can't bear to see any more people dying.”

Maharashtra Anti-Terrorist Squad – which is equipped with the latest snooping devices – also denied any such calls from Tiger.

As many as 260 people were killed and more than 700 injured in the the dozen explosions which ripped through India's financial capital in July 1993.

Mushtaq Tiger Memon, one of the prime accused in the blasts case, is a member of terrorist Dawood Ibrahim's gang and is wanted by the Interpol and CBI.

Tiger's role in the blasts had been confirmed by the special court after the conviction of the others accused in the case.

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