One of the close aides of the underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, Mushtaq Mohammad Farooq alias Farooq Takla, was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation today from Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi.
The CBI said Farooq Takla was an active conspirator in the conspiracy along with other accused including Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar and Anees Ibrahim Kaskar. He is scheduled to meet the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act (TADA) today itself.
Takla had fled the country soon after 1993 serial blasts and a red- corner notice was issued against him in 1995.
Farooq faces criminal conspiracy, murder, attempt to murder, voluntarily causing hurt by unsafe weapons or means and several other charges.
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At least 257 people were killed and over 700 injured and properties worth crores of rupees were destroyed in the 12 March 1993 blasts, the 25th anniversary of which falls next Monday.
Bharatiya Janata Party MP Subramanian Swamy on Thursday congratulated National Security Advisor Ajit Doval for the success in getting back Farooq Takla to face trial. He was born on February 17, 1961, in Mumbai.
Takla and his brother, Mohmad Ahmad Mansoor, provided logistical support to some of the blast accused, a Hindustan Times report quoted CBI sources as saying.
The CBI managed to arrest Mansoor but Farooq, who stayed in Dubai, escaped.
It is supposed that Takla was managing Dawood's global crime syndicate while in Dubai. "This is a big-blow to D-Gang", Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam told news agency ANI. The arrest is also being seen as a diplomatic win for India, as they were able to get Takla to be deported from Dubai through negotiations.