Extradited underworld don Abu Salem, a key accused in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case, told the court on Friday that Dawood Ibrahim’s aide Mustafa Dossa was already prepared to assault him with “sharpened spoons” inside the high-security Arthur Road Jail in 2010.
The court was recording Salem’s statement in the assault case in which Dossa was charged with criminal intimidation, voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons and insult to provoke breach of peace.
Salem had suffered injuries on his neck, chest cheek and chin due to the assault.
Salem claimed Dossa had hurled abuses at him. “His barrack was open and he came in front of my barrack and threatened to kill me. When I asked him why he was doing so, he assaulted me with steel spoons,” he said. Salem claimed that the co-accused in the case, Abdul Kayum, “encouraged” Dossa to assault him before the jailors had tried to separate the duo.
Salem claimed he had objected to Dossa’s shift to an adjacent barrack as the latter had a smoking problem. “On search of Dossa’s barrack, five cigars and other intoxicants were found. When the jailor searched Kayum’s barrack, three steel spoons were found,” Salem claimed.