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Dawood aide Takla being questioned by CBI

Friday, March 09, 2018
By Zuber Ansari

1993 blast conspirator Farook Takla deported from Dubai

After almost twenty-five years, a close aide of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and prime conspirator in the notorious Bombay bomb blasts case, Yasin Mansoor Mohammed Farooq, alias Farooq Takla was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in Dubai

The 57-year-old Takla was brought back to Mumbai yesterday after he was deported from the United Arab Emirates (UAE). He was arrested in Dubai by local authorities and deported to India, sources from the CBI said.

Takla is being questioned by CBI after he was brought to India on flight AI 996. He will be produced before the court under the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (TADA). Takla fled from India after the 1993 Mumbai blasts, following which a Red Corner Notice was issued against him in 1995. Apart from this, Takla also faces several cases including criminal conspiracy, murder, attempt to murder and several other charges. Police sources further revealed that apart from Takla, at least 27 other accused in the 1993 Mumbai blasts continue to be elusive and have been declared as absconders.  

Twelve bombs went off in Mumbai on March 12, killing a total of 257 people and injuring 713 more. Among the locations where the bombs detonated included the Bombay Stock Exchange and Air India building.

According to the CBI, Takla and his brother Mohmad Ahmad Mansoor provided logistic support to some of the blast accused in Dubai, from where they were sent for arms training to Pakistan.

The CBI managed to arrest Mansoor but Farooq, who stayed in Dubai, remained at large. Mansoor was later acquitted by the TADA court as the prosecution  failed to establish his role in the bomb blasts.

In their confessional statements, other bomb blast suspects described the role played by Mansoor and Farooq, but the fact that they named the former only as Mansoor, without identifying him by his full name, worked in his favour and he received the benefit of doubt.

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