In a reply submitted to the Indian Parliament on Tuesday, the Home Ministry said the government had no clue about the whereabouts of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, Indian media reported.
Indian Minister of State (Home) Haribhai Parthibhai Chaudhary stated that the former Mumbai underworld don is not on Indian intelligence’s radar, and it would only be possible to bring him back to the country once his whereabouts were discovered.
Today’s statement is in direct contrast to Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s stand, who had alleged in November 2014 that Pakistan was providing shelter to Ibrahim. The minister had claimed that despite many requests, Pakistan had not handed him over to India.
“When the Pakistan premier came to India, our prime minister told him to hand over Dawood. We are pursuing it. We are trying to build diplomatic pressure… As he is the most wanted criminal… Right now he is along the Pak-Afghan border,” the Press Trust of India had quoted Singh as saying.
Former Intelligence Bureau (IB) Special Director Rajendra Kumar also contradicted the Indian government’s claim today, adding that there was no chance Ibrahim would leave Pakistan, a report published on IBNLive quoted him as saying.
Prior to winning the elections in India, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said he would bring Dawood Ibrahim to India to be tried for the 1993 blasts in Mumbai if he came into power.
Pakistan routinely denies Indian charges that it shelters Dawood Ibrahim — one of India’s most wanted men — ever since the don became a fugitive for his alleged role in the serial bomb blasts that hit Mumbai in 1993 in apparent retaliation for the demolition of the Babri Masjid in December 1992. Over 250 people were killed in the attacks.
Dawood stands convicted in absentia in India for the blasts, together with several Mumbai accomplices.