A car that once belonged to underworld gangster Dawood Ibrahim was set on fire by Swami Chakrapani, leader of the All India Hindu Mahasabha, at Indirapuram in Ghaziabad, Wednesday. Chakrapani had acquired the battered green Hyundai Accent for Rs 32,000 at an auction of Dawood’s properties held in Mumbai a few days ago.
Burning down the car was meant to send a strong message to those supporting terror activities in the country, said Chakrapani, adding that the remains of the vehicle would be used to build a toilet on a cremation ground in Ghaziabad.
Earlier, Chakrapani and members of the All India Hindu Mahasabha, along with the chiefs of some Muslim outfits, had gathered at Green Farms in Indirapuram. After setting the car on fire, they exchanged garlands and observed a minute’s silence “in memory of the victims of the 1993 serial blasts”, as Vande Mataram played in the backdrop.
“Successive governments of this country have not been able to nab him. We wanted to send him a message — the country’s governments can be weak but the people of this country are very strong… We do not care about the property. We have bought it. We have paid for it and followed all legal processes…we have made a payment for the property to the Union Ministry of Finance. It is our right to do anything we want with this property. The government should, in fact, award us. The governments could not nab Dawood, at least we bought his car and set it ablaze,” said Chakrapani.
He claimed that he had received threats from members of Dawood’s gang after he acquired the car.
“I had earlier said that we will either convert this into an ambulance… or we will set it on fire. A day later, on December 10, a terrorist called me from a foreign number but the call got disconnected. After that, I got an SMS threatening me. That is when I filed a complaint and decided to burn the car,” he said.