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Dawood Ibrahim's top aide deported

Dawood Ibrahim's top aide deported

Farooq Takla, an aide of fugitive underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, was on Thursday arrested here by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for his alleged involvement in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts, officials said. He will be produced in the TADA Court today, reports suggested.

Takla, 57, against whom the INTERPOL had issued a red corner notice in 1995, was tracked to Dubai, where he was believed to be holed up and was later extradited to India to face the law.

File photo of Farooq Takla.

While the CBI declined to comment on how he reached Delhi as an Interpol Red Corner notice was pending against him, officials said Farooq was deported from the UAE with the help of central intelligence agencies and put on a flight to Delhi. Along with being complicit for the blasts, he is going to face the following charges, murder, attempt to murder, voluntarily causing hurt by unsafe weapons or means.

Over 700 people were injured and properties worth crores destroyed in the March 12 blasts. The Mumbai born, Takla, was a gangster and was involved with D Company. Takla and his brother Mohmad Ahmad Mansoor were both parties to the blasts.

The CBI managed to arrest Mansoor but Farooq, who stayed in Dubai, escaped. But he was later acquitted when the CBI couldn't establish his link to the blasts. It is a big achievement for investigative agencies as Takla can reveal the important information about the other accused in the case like Dawood Ibrahim and Tiger Menon, who is reported to finding safe heavens in Dubai and Pakistan. 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. Speaking on Dawood Ibrahim's aide Farooq Takla arrest, senior lawyer Ujjwal Nikal said, "This is a huge success".