It appears to be a case of ‘detention’ without confirmation. Through the day, television channels ran the ‘detention’ of Anees Ibrahim, prime accused in the March 1993 Mumbai blasts, but officials said they had no confirmation of the man’s identity.
While the officials asserted that Saudi authorities had informed them they did not have any Anees Ibrahim in their custody, a picture of the man was to be handed over to the Saudis to establish the man's identity. Just in case.
Informed sources, however, told the Hindustan Times that three persons, one of them identified as ‘Anees Ibrahim’, were detained at the Jeddah airport by immigration authorities as they were found to be travelling on passports issued under different names. The other two persons travelling with ‘Anees’ have been identified as ‘Salim Chiplun and Shamsher Dawood’.
These sources claim that while ‘Anees’ was found to be travelling on a Pakistani passport under the name Sayeed Omar Haji Ibrahim; Salim and Shamsher were found to be traveling on passports carrying the name Sikandar Khan Iqbal Khan and Shafi Bawa Ahmed Bawa, respectively.
Mumbai’s Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Rakesh Maria said, “Through our sources we have learnt that three persons have been detained at Jeddah and we are in the process of establishing their identity through our sources. However, we are awaiting official confirmation in this regard.”
However, other officials claimed the Saudis had conveyed to Indian authorities that five persons were detained in Jeddah during the past 24 hours, out of which four were Chad nationals.
On the basis of media reports, Interpol Delhi has asked Interpol Riyadh for information about the man detained. There is an international arrest warrant out for the arrest of Anees Ibrahim.
Ibrahim has been detained at least twice before — in Dubai and Bahrain — but was let off.