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Published: Fri, March 09, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Fugitive Dawood's aide Farooq Takla arrested, deported from Dubai

Fugitive Dawood's aide Farooq Takla arrested, deported from Dubai

In a big shot in the arms for the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), a close aide of fugitive mafia don Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar and an accused in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts, which claimed almost 257 lives, has been arrested.

Extradited from Abu Dhabi, following a request made by India past year, the accused, who eluded the law for a quarter century, was finally arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) at the Delhi Airport around 5.15 am and later brought to Mumbai. After Takla reached New Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport, he was arrested by CBI at an immigration centre.

Takla will be produced before a TADA court in the city where the invsetigating agencies would seek custody for sustained interrogation, said sources.

Takla was arrested from the worldwide airport here by CBI and was produced in the court late this evening amidst heavy police security by the officers of CBI, who are investigating the 1993 bomb blasts case. "He was living in Dubai since 1992", said a senior government official. Farooq had fled from India after the impacts. The warrant was sent to UAE along with the red-corner notice (no A-385/7-1995), which was issued by Interpol in Lyons (France). The notice states that Takla is wanted for criminal conspiracy, murder and terrorist activities.

According to the CBI, Farooq had extended logistical support to the Dawood gang's members when they went to Pakistan for training in the handling of weapons and explosives.

A total of 257 people died and over 700 were injured when 12 coordinated blasts rocked Mumbai on March 12, 1993. It was one of the most coordinated terrorist attacks on Indian soil.

Fugitive don Dawood Ibrahim swung into action to save his trusted man. Yakub was sentenced to death and hanged on July 30, 2015 in Nagpur Jail.

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