New Delhi, Mar 8: Mohamed Farooq alias Farooq Takla, a close aide of India’s most wanted terrorist Dawood Ibrahim, has been arrested and brought to India from United Arab Emirates (UAE). One of the accused in the 1993 Mumbai blasts, Takla will be produced before Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act (TADA) court today.
Takla’s arrest assumes significance as he can reveal key details about Dawood Ibrahim and his operations in India. He had fled from India soon after a series of explosions in parts of Mumbai in 1993. He faces criminal conspiracy, murder, attempt to murder, voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means and several other charges, according to Interpol, which issued a Red Corner Notice against him in 1995.
Farooq Takla was among the 27 accused in 1993 Mumbai blasts case, including dreaded mafia dons Dawood Ibrahim and Tiger Memon, who continued to evade investigators and were declared absconders. Dawood masterminded the blasts in which 257 people were killed and over 700 were injured. Takla had allegedly assembled explosives and provided shelter to other accused.
He has been looking after the D company’s operations in India, Dubai and Sharjah. He is currently being interrogated by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in Mumbai.