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Interpol detains prime accused in US

CBI will now ask US to deport Firoze Khan to India, reports S Shivdasani.

india Updated: Jan 16, 2007 02:38 IST

Firoze Abdul Rashid Khan, an associate of Mohammed Dossa and an absconder in the 1993 bomb blast case, who helped Dawood Ibrahim execute the serial bombings has been detained in the United States and will soon be deported to India.

Firoze, who carries a reward of Rs 50,000 on his head, has been detained in Washington by the Interpol, a senior CBI official said on Friday.

Crime file

• Firoze was also involved in murder of  Mussa, a Bangalore smuggler. Mussa had to pay Rs 3 crore to Mohammed Dossa in the 1990s, but he failed to pay up and was killed

• He started  working with Dossa as a small time smuggler and became his partner with five per cent share in operations. He met Dawood Ibrahim at his house in Dubai

India has been alerted and efforts are on to establish his identity. The Interpol had issued a red-corner notice against him. India will send documents and photographs to the American authorities and push for his deportation rather than extradition.

Deportation is easier while extradition takes at least four years, deputy superintendent of police, CBI, Raman Tyagi, told the HT.

“A person, Firoze Abdul Rashid Khan, has been arrested in Washington and we are trying to find out whether he is the same man who figures on the list of absconders in the 1993 blasts case. According to the Interpol, the person detained in Washington is suspected to be Firoze. The gangster, a petty smuggler, started out as one of Dossa’s men. He facilitated landing of arms and ammunition at Dighi Coast off Mhasla in Raigad district on January 9, 1993.

Firoze had also attended a meeting at Dawood’s residence in Dubai, along with Chhota Shakeel, Salim Mira Shaikh, Ejaz Pathan and several other accused to plot the bombings. Firoze went to Dighi coast on January 9 and helped land an arms consignment from from Pakistan via Dubai.

He also bribed the customs and police officials to ferry the arms to Mumbai, Gujarat and other places.

After the blasts Firoze, a resident of Taximen Colony, Kurla, went into hiding. He is one of the 29 absconders, along with Dawood Ibrahim, his brother Annes Ibrahim, Yeda Yakub and Tiger Memon.

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First Published: Jan 05, 2007 21:22 IST