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Sanjay Dutt got AK-56: Salem's aide

Riyaz Siddiqui was arrested by CBI for his involvement in Mumbai blasts.

india Updated: Jan 06, 2006 01:38 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Riyaz Siddiqui, an aide of extradited gangster Abu Salem, has said that actor Sanjay Dutt had received an AK-56 assault rifle from a cache of arms he had brought from Gujarat on advice of prime conspirator Anees Ibrahim in January 1993.

Siddiqui was arrested by CBI for his suspected involvement in 1993 serial bomb blasts.

Riyaz, arrested on Tuesday, reportedly told CBI that Anees Ibrahim asked him to go to Gujarat in January 1993 to collect an arms consignment.

There he met Salem andthe duo drove back to Mumbai in separate vehicles laden with arms and ammunition, which later reached those accused in the blasts, including Sanjay.

The CBI, while seeking custody of extradited gangster Abu Salem, told the designated TADA court about Siddiqui's visit to Gujarat and how the arms reached the conspirators.

CBI special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam told the court that Siddiqui had revealed that he had received a phone call from Anees Ibrahim in January 1993, asking him to reach Gujarat.

Nikam also told the court that a woman had accompanied Siddiqui to Gujarat, and the central agency plans to take him to Gujarat to establish the identity of the woman as well as those who assisted him to bring the arms to Mumbai.

First Published: Jan 05, 2006 18:29 IST