He escaped from India twenty-five years ago. "He was absconding. He was arrested at Delhi airport today", CBI said in a statement today.
He has been kept under questioning and will be presented in the TADA court. A Red Corner Notice was issued against him in 1995. His whereabouts were traced to Dubai, following which he was deported back to India. Farooq had fled from India after the impacts.
A total of 257 people died and over 700 were injured when 12 coordinated blasts rocked Mumbai on March 12, 1993.
Interestingly, Farooq Takla's arrest comes just two days after well-known criminal lawyer Shyam Keswani reiterated in Thane that Dawood Ibrahim was reportedly ready to return to India and face trial but the Indian government had rejected some of his preconditions. The US has even declared Dawood to be a global terrorist.
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.
Takla faces criminal conspiracy, murder, attempt to murder, voluntarily causing hurt by risky weapons or means and several other charges. Takla and his brother Mohmad Ahmad Mansoor were both parties to the blasts. Mansoor was later acquitted as the prosecution failed to establish his role.
Takla, who has been managing the operation of Dawood's worldwide crime syndicate in Dubai, is wanted in several cases, including murder, extortion and kidnapping for ransom. India has been applauding this small victory against Dawood who has evaded law since 1993. His arrest is really crucial for the information regarding Dawood's whereabouts, who has been able to avoid being caught by the Indian authorities for a very long time. But any leads can be seen as a step towards defeating terrorism.
- Agency sources attribute success to efforts of PM Modi and Ajit Doval in foreiging security alliances with countries they visit.