It had become “unacceptable” for 1993 blasts accused Yakub Memon, hanged on July 30 this year, to live a “complicated” life in an “enemy country”. This is how former Delhi Police commissioner Neeraj Kumar’s book Dial D for Don explains the return of India’s most wanted fugitives.
However, while painting a sympathetic picture of Memon — through his personality, his decision to come back to India and the mounting evidence he provided against Pakistan — the books adds a disclaimer that any sympathy expressed towards him is a result of the Lima Syndrome (where the captor develops a liking for the captive). Kumar was with the CBI then.
In a chapter titled ‘Our Man in Dubai, The CBI versus The ISI’, Kumar details a riveting account of the CBI operation that brought Memon and much of his family back to India from Dubai even as the ISI made all attempts to thwart the operation.
The book notes: “According to Yakub’s account, their life was becoming increasingly complicated and unacceptable to them. The experience of calling each other by new names, living the life of captives, ridden with guilt and insecurity, hiding from the world in an enemy country, had together begun to take its toll. Most of the Memons, including Tiger’s wife Shabana, were inclined to return to India.”
The book also details the invaluable documentary, audio and video evidence, secretly and meticulously collected by Memon against Pakistan and the ISI vis a vis their role in the 1993 blasts.