ATS links mafia, terrorists to 2011 Mumbai blasts

ATS links mafia, terrorists to 2011 Mumbai blasts

The nexus first came to light in post-1993 blast probe

The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) in its charge sheet filed on last year’s triple bomb blasts points out that 1993-Mumbai serial bomb blast “master-mind” Mohammed Dossa helped in routing the money for carrying out explosions, indicating that a tenuous link between mafia and terrorist group continues.

Investigating agency in its charges sheet filed last Friday has alleged that Dossa who along with gold smuggler Mushtaq Memon aka Tiger Memon had ferried the explosives in 1992-93, had also funded the July 13, 2011 triple bomb explosions that left 27 dead and over 120 injured.

The charge sheet indicates that Dossa (Dossa’s younger brother Mustafa was deported to India in 2003) through one front-person Muzaffar Kola had routed Rs 10 lakh to Delhi-based hawala operator Kanwar Nain Wazir Chand Patriza. ‘It was on Kola’s instructions that Patriza handed money to one Shivanand,' which investigators believe was the elusive Ahmed Abrar Siddiqui Baba alias Yasin Bhatkal-the alleged mastermind of the blasts.

The link between organised crime and terrorist outfits first came to light in post-1993 Mumbai serial bomb blasts investigations. The 13 blasts in the city left the entire country shaken, introducing the common man to the deadly term “RDX.” Investigations then revealed that two known smugglers-Tiger Memon and Mohammed Dossa along with Pakistan-based crime outfits and agencies ferried RDX across the high-seas to Maharashtra coastline. The deadly explosives were then later used in  the 1993 blasts.

The country’s two premier intelligence agencies while initially treating the blasts as pure ‘terrorist attack,’ finally had to accept the involvement of organised crime outfits in the explosions that left over 250 dead and nearly a 1000 persons injured. The investigations into the July 13, 2011 blasts had attracted severe criticisms in preliminary stages. Nearly six months after the explosions, ATS claimed the cracking of the case with the arrest of Naqi Shaikh and Nadeem Shaikh, from Darbhanga district of Bihar; within a week the sleuths picked up hawala operator Patriza, from Delhi, for allegedly supplying Rs 10 lakh to the fugitive Yasin Bhatkal.

The charge sheet a massive tome of papers reportedly comprising nearly 4,000 pages, named four persons-Naqi Shaikh, Nadeem Shaikh, Kanwar Patriza and Haroon Naik-as key accused who carried out blasts at the behest of the elusive-Ahmed Abrar Siddiqui Baba alias Yasin Bhatkal.

The prosecution in its charge-sheet has alleged that the hawala money routed by Patriza was used for executing the triple bomb blasts emphasising that both Naqi Shaikh and Nadeem Shaikh used to make frequent trips not just to Bihar but also to Delhi.

After making arrests in Bihar and Delhi, the agency took into custody a counterfeit currency operator-Haroon Rashid Shaikh arrested by the seaside town Mumbra Police. On May 19, the ATS has moved Delhi court seeking custody of one Mohammed Qafeel Ansari.

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