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Farooq Takla, Dawood aide and 1993 Mumbai blasts key conspirator, arrested

According to the CBI, Takla —who has been deported from Dubai — and his brother, Mohmad Ahmad Mansoor, provided logistical support to some of the 1993 Mumbai blasts accused in Dubai, from where they were sent for arms training to Pakistan.

india Updated: Mar 08, 2018 22:40 IST
Charul Shah
Charul Shah
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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Farooq Takla, Dawood Ibrahim's aide, was produced at a Mumbai court on Thursday.(Kunal Patil/HT Photo)

A quarter of a century after the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday arrested Yasin Mansoor Mohammed Farooq, alias Farooq Takla, believed to be a key conspirator behind the blasts , and a close aide of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim.

Farooq, who was extradited from Dubai, arrived in Mumbai on March 8, and was arrested and produced in a special court trying cases under the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act (TADA) in Mumbai and was remanded to custody till March 19.

Twelve bombs went off in Mumbai, then known as Bombay, between 1.30pm and 3.40pm on March 12, 1993, killing 257 people and injuring more than 700. The bombs were placed at key locations in the city, including the Bombay Stock Exchange, three five-star hotels, the Air-India building, near the Shiv Sena headquarters at Dadar, the regional passport office, and Zaveri Bazaar. Grenades were also thrown at the city’s international airport and at a fishermen’s colony. It is alleged that Dawood planned and executed the bombings in retaliation for the Babri Masjid demolition in Ayodhya in December 1992.

According to CBI, Takla and his brother, Mohmad Ahmad Mansoor, provided logistical support to some of the blast accused in Dubai, from where they were sent for arms training to Pakistan. CBI alleged that Farooq had received several of the terrorists, hosted them, and then sent them on to Pakistan.

In the aftermath of the Mumbai bombings, investigators had filed charges against 129 people, of which 100 were convicted by the TADA court.

One of the key accused, Yakub Memon, had escaped the country to Dubai and then Pakistan with his family. The CBI claimed that he was arrested from New Delhi railway station in August 1994. He was convicted on all four charges, and sentenced to death in July 2007. He was executed at Nagpur Central Jail on July 30, 2015.

Farooq was declared a proclaimed offender on June 19, 1995 and a red corner notice was issued against him through the Interpol. Later, on August 3, 2017 another non-bailable warrant was issued in his name and an extradition request was made to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). UAE agreed to extradite Farooq. He was extradited to India on March 8.

First Published: Mar 08, 2018 10:21 IST