The criminal conspiracy to carry out terror strikes at ONGC and two markets in prime areas in Mumbai was hatched in Pakistan allegedly by absconding 1993 bomb blast accused Bashir Khan, according to the chargesheet filed by Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) in a local court.
Bashir is a close aide of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, who had masterminded the serial blasts of 1993 along with another absconding accused, Tiger Memon.
The 653-page chargesheet filed against terror suspects Abdul Latif alias Guddu (29) and Riyaz Ali (23), both in custody of ATS, and Bashir in the court yesterday said that ONGC headquarters, Thakkar Mall in suburban Mumbai and Mangaldas market in south Mumbai were the targets.
On March 13, ATS had arrested Guddu and Riyaz from near Matunga railway station in central Mumbai.
The duo had conducted recce of target sites as per the instructions of a person in Karachi, whom they referred to as 'Uncle', an ATS official said.
"Uncle has been identified as Bashir, who is still wanted in 1993 bomb blasts case and is a close aide of Dawood," the official said.
"Since November 2009, a year after the Mumbai terror attacks, the duo had been regularly receiving instructions to execute terror strikes in the city from Bashir, who is hiding in Pakistan," the official said.