'Tiger Memon' arrested in Karachi, but India isn't excited

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Sep 03, 2015 21:56 IST

Media reports on Wednesday about the arrest of a man named Tiger Memon in Karachi sent social media users into a tizzy before Pakistani authorities clarified that it was a criminal who used the same alias as one of India’s most wanted terrorists.

Geo News posted through its Twitter handle on Wednesday afternoon that the cyber crime wing of Pakistan’s Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) had arrested a “Tiger Memon”.

A subsequent tweet by the channel said the arrested man used to deliver death threats to women through social media websites. Both tweets were in Urdu.

The Pakistani media subsequently quoted FIA sources as saying that the arrested man was Furqan alias Tiger Memon who allegedly blackmailed women by using fake accounts on social media platforms such as Facebook.

But by then, numerous social media users in India had concluded that the Tiger Memon wanted by India for the 1993 bombings in Mumbai had been arrested.

Memon, whose brother Yakub Memon was recently hanged for his role in the bomb blasts that killed 257 people, is believed to be hiding in Pakistan. Besides the bombings, he is wanted in India for several other crimes.

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