New Delhi: The right-wing Hindu Mahasabha was expected to bid for an eatery on the narrow Pakmodia Street in South Mumbai and a green sedan, initially owned by India’s most wanted underworld don Dawood Ibrahim.
The auction will be held in Hotel Diplomat in Colaba on Wednesday, under the Smugglers and Foreign Exchange Manipulators (forfeiture of properties) Act, with a reserve price of Rs 1.18 crore.
Former city-based journalist S Balakrishnan, a Delhi-based lawyer Ajay Shrivastava and president of Hindu Mahasabha Swami Chakrapani were among the top bidders.
The Hindu Mahasabha top brass told that a “well-wisher” who is “closely associated” with the organisation was taking part in the auction in his personal capacity, and the Mahasabha was “strongly supporting him”.
Santosh Rai, the Mahasabha’s rashtriya sangathan mantri, said that the identity of the person would be revealed after the auction. Reportedly, the bidder had submitted an amount of Rs 30 lakh and made financial arrangements on his own.
However, a man named Swami Chakrapani, who claimed to be the Hindu Mahasabha president, had placed his bid for the vehicle. Rai described Chakrapani as “fake”, and said that the Mahasabha had disowned him.
However, Chakrapni said, “I will bid for the vehicle and we will use it for welfare work.”
The ownership of this vehicle by Dawood was under considerable doubtful because of its dilapidated condition, with burst tyres and shattered windshield. The reserve price of the car was reportedly fixed at Rs 15,700.
The news was making the rounds that a major political outfit would also contest the bidding process. A senior activist of the political party was chosen to bid on behalf of the party.
Chota Shakeel is a well-known confidant of the fugitive don Dawood Ibrahim
Police have recently nabbed Chota Shakeel’s aide who is accused of planning the assassination of Tarek Fatah
Tarek Fatah is a prolific Pakistan-born Canadian writer who is famous for being vocal against terrorist ideologies and criticizing hardliners
New Delhi, July 09, 2017: The fugitive don Dawood Ibrahim’s well-known confidant, Chota Shakeel, and his close aide were planning to assassinate the prolific Pakistan-born Canadian writer Tarek Fatah before the police spoiled such plans.
The Delhi Police’s Special Cell has arrested Chota Shakeel’s aide who had reportedly received 1.5 lakh for the killing of writer Tarek Fatah. The arrested, Junaid Chaudhary, was nabbed on June 07 in Northeast Delhi, mentioned PTI report.
Junaid, son of a milkman, lived in Gokalpuri area in northeast Delhi. At age 21, he was a student of class XII from an open school.
Tarek Fatah is a vocal critique of terrorist ideologies and extremism. There have often been cases where his statements have been considered controversial. He strongly opposes terrorism.
A pistol with four live cartridges was found on the Junaid, the arrested person. He also had arranged for additional weapons from western Uttar Pradesh. A few youths were also recruited for the plan. Junaid has been arrested before in June last year with 4 other youth for money sent in hawala by Chota Shakeel. He had also received arms and ammunitions. The plan was to kill Swami Chakrapani, the Hindu Mahasabha chief at that time.
Junaid got out on bail after four months, after which he contacted Shakeel again.
– prepared by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2393
On March 12, 1993, 12 blasts ripped through the city of Mumbai
The judgment of the 6 out of 7 accused has been adjourned till June 27
June 24, 2017:
Twenty-four years after the horrific blasts which shredded the Mumbai city into tears and despairs, a special Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act court convicted 1993 Mumbai blasts accused gangster Abu Salem along with five others under the charge of the criminal conspiracy. However, Abdul Qayyum Ansari has been acquitted. The judgment of the accused has been adjourned till June 27.
Flashback: Black Friday in Mumbai (1993)
On March 12, 1993, 12 blasts ripped through the city of Mumbai then Bombay, shedding lives of at least 257 people and 713 injured. The harrowing attack is also known to be the most coordinated terrorist attacks on the grounds of India. The attack was the first to occur after the Second World War when RDX was used massively. The Supreme Court confirmed this in 2014 calling the attack to be the first terror attack after the second world which had used RDX in bulk.
Series of 12 Deadliest Bomb Blasts in 2 hours
Bombay Stock Exchange
A powerful car bomb exploded in the basement of Mumbai Stock Exchange building. The 28 story building was set ablaze leading to 84 deaths and 217 injuries.
4 people died in South Mumbai after Parvez Nazir Ahmed Shaikh parked the RDX-laden scooter at Katha Bazar.
Shiv Sena Bhawan
A bomb exploded at a gas station opposite of Shiv Sena Bhawan.
Air India Building
A car bomb exploded in the basement garage of the building, leading to 20 deaths and 87 injuries. Farooq Pawale was convicted and sentenced to death for planting the attack.
Three died in hutments near Mahim Causeway after convicted Salim Rahim Shaikh hurled hand grenade in the area.
RDX was placed under manhole at Century Bazar the convicted Abdul Gani Turk. The explosion took place when a bus ran over the explosive, killing about 113 people, which was the highest casualty amongst 12 explosions.
Mohd Shoaib Ghansar had placed RDX filled scooter in the area that killed 19 people in the explosion.
Hotel Sea Rock
A man placed the bomb in the room of the hotel two days prior to the explosion but never stayed in the room. The device exploded shattering every window in the building.
The explosion occurred when an RDX filled Maruti Van was placed at the Plazma Cinema
Hotel Juhu Centuar
The bomb in the hotel was hidden in a room and injured three staff members.
Hotel Airport Centaur
The attack was compiled and combined by Nibandh Vinod. The bomb exploded leaving 2 deaths and 8 injuries.
Conspirator of the Mumbai Blasts
Dawood Ibrahim and the Memon family are believed to be the masterminds behind the Mumbai blasts. Dawood is the famous underworld don whose name also appears in United Nations Charter list of dreadful criminals. The mastermind is said to be hiding since the blasts and is believed to be in Pakistan. He is also alleged to have ties with terror group Al-Qaeda and Lashkar-e-Toiba. While Dawood, Tiger and Ayub are still absconding, Yukub Memon was sentenced to death in 2015.
The rationale behind the Attack: Why Mumbai?
Many Muslims died in communal riots which broke out in the year 1993 following the demolition of Babri Masjid in Ayodhya and successive construction of a temporary temple in its place. The terror attack was a well-constructed revenge planted by the conspirators to arouse fear in the minds of people and create disharmony among the different sections of society.
– by Naina Mishra of Newsgram. Twitter: @Nainamishr94
New Delhi: Refuting charges that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) acted as a “political tool”, its director Anil Sinha, while speaking at Agenda Aaj Tak conclave here on Friday, asserted that the central agency would maintain its independence in future too.
The Central Bureau of Investigation is not a political tool. It will never be in the future too. It only follows the instructions of judiciary,
He said he did not receive any call from any political leader to seek favours ever since he took charge as CBI director a year ago.
The CBI chief reiterated the demand for a law to empower the central agency to take over a probe into organised crimes at the national level.
Considering the demands of the 21st century, we should be concerned over tackling organised crimes with the help of improved national laws,
Asked about underworld don Dawood Ibrahim’s arrest, Sinha said several government agencies were working on the issue. He, however, refused to disclose any details.
It will be difficult to give any exact time frame (for Dawood’s arrest). It may happen tomorrow or any other time as it is an operational process,
Giving an example of long-absconding underworld don Chhota Rajan, the CBI director said: “We identified his location six months ago. We located him, caught him and brought him back to India.”
Sinha, who took over as CBI chief in December last year, said many international agencies helped CBI in arresting Rajan.
If similar cooperation was received from other countries, efforts to bring back Dawood would also succeed, he added.
Deportation is not possible through cooperation by one country; other countries should also help,
As to why the CBI raided Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister’s residence in Shimla on the day of his daughter’s marriage, Sinha said: “There were no elaborate arrangements for the marriage. Even people of Shimla did not know about any such function.”
“If no one had any information about the marriage, how can the CBI know about it,” Sinha asked. (IANS)