Injuries on Salem were "self-inflicted": Dossa

"During the preliminary questioning, Dossa alleged that Salem, with the help of his associates, had injured self to falsely implicate him," said the source, probing the attack on the gangster.

"Salem had tried to extort Rs 30 crore from me for a property deal he had struck, Dossa alleged," the source said.

Following a special TADA court's permission on Tuesday, the crime branch on Wednesday took the custody of Dossa and his associate Abdul Qayyum Sheikh, who will be produced before a metropolitan court in connection with the Salem attack case.

Forty two-year-old Salem, a key accused in the 1993 serial blasts and facing trial in this case, was allegedly attacked by Dossa and Sheikh with a sharp spoon on Saturday outside their barrack following a heated argument.

The next day, Salem was shifted to Taloja jail, while Dossa was transferred to the Thane Central prison for security reasons.

Salem has been lodged in the high-security Arthur Road jail in central Mumbai since his extradition from Portugal in 2005 and is facing trial in nine cases, including two murders.

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