February 14, 2007 1:29:00 am
The Crime Branch of the Mumbai Police on Tuesday arrested Abdul Qayyum Abdul Karim Shaikh, a close aide of gangster Dawood Ibrahim, and wanted by the CBI Special Task Force for his role in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts from Panjrapol Junction in central Mumbai.
The Crime Branch categorically denied that Qayyum had been deported from Dubai, where he had fled to in 1991, and claim he was arrested in a special operation.
“There is no question of Qayyum being deported from Dubai. We had information that he was likely to meet his associates at Panjrapol Junction on the Sion Trombay Road at about 3 pm today. We laid a trap and arrested him near Hot Spot Hotel,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police, Crime, Dhananjay Kamalakar.
Qayyum has been arrested by Unit 2 of the Crime Branch in an extortion and attempt to murder case registered at Juhu Police station in 2000, and booked under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA).
The CBI will seek his custody under TADA once the Crime Branch’s custody ends.
“Qayyum is a big catch for us, as he is very closely linked to Dawood Ibrahim. We are likely to get valuable information about Dawood’s operations during his interrogation,” said Kamalakar.
Qayyum has been named by actor Sanjay Dutt and gangster Abu Salem in their confessional statements in the 1993 serial blasts case. “Sanjay Dutt in his confession says that he met Qayyum in Dubai in September 1992. The latter offered him a 9 mm pistol with ammunition and Dutt bought it from him for Rs 40,000,” said Special Public Prosecutor in the ‘93 blasts case Ujjwal Nikam.
“According to Salem’s confessional statement, he distributed weapons along with Qayyum at the behest of Dawood’s brother Anees Ibrahim,” Nikam added.
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