New Delhi, March 8: The Central Bureau of Investigation on Thursday arrested underworld don Dawood Ibrahim’s close aide Yaseen Mansoor alias Farooq Takla. He was reportedly deported from Dubai and brought back to India in Air India flight AI 996 around 4:45 AM today. Takla has been taken to Mumbai where he will be produced before Mumbai Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act (TADA) Court later in the day.
The CBI said that it will seek Takla’s custody for further interrogation, media report said. He is currently being questioned by the central investigation agency. (Also read: ‘Dawood Ibrahim Offered to Return to India if Locked in Arthur Road Jail’)
The agency to seek joint interrogation by Intelligence Bureau, CBI, Mumbai Police and Research and Analysis Wing, report added.
Terming Takls’s arrest a huge success, Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam said, “He was involved in 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts the links of which can be traced back to Dubai. This is a big-blow to D-Gang.”
“Fact that he has returned, shows he has expressed his willingness to come back for trial. He’ll certainly be remanded to custody, there’s no question of bail being granted to him. Till next development he’ll be in jail,” said Majeed Memon, NCP leader and senior criminal lawyer.
Takla, against whom a Red Corner Notice was issued in 1995, fled the country soon after the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts. The Mumbai blasts convict is wanted on charges of murder, conspiracy and terrorism.
Takla manages Dubai operations of the D-company, report said.
A series of 12 blasts rocked Mumbai on March 12, 1993, killing 257 people and injuring 713 others. The blasts took place at Bombay Stock Exchange, Katha Bazaar, Lucky petrol pump near Sena Bhavan, opposite Passport office near Century Bazaar, Fishermen’s colony at Mahim Causeway, at basement of Air India Building, Zaveri Bazaar, Hotel Sea Rock, Plaza Theatre, Centaur Hotel (Juhu), Sahar Airport (Bay no.54) and Centaur Hotel (near airport).