Narendra Modi, the leader of BJP and prime ministerial candidate, has said he would hunt the most wanted Dawood Ibrahim and bring him back to India to face court trial for the 1993 blasts in Mumbai. However, he said that this matter cannot be discussed openly in public.
Modi said that the previous administrations had not tried hard enough. Modi also criticized India’s Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde by speaking about the joint effort between India and the United States of America to bring Dawood back.
Dawood was convicted in absentia in India for the blasts, together with several Mumbai accomplices in the year 1993. India claims that Dawood Ibrahim is residing in Pakistan.
An Indian newspaper claims that a plan was prepared by the Mumbai police in 1993 to send a crack team of five highly motivated officers with fake passports to Karachi to eliminate Dawood. Congress government of New Delhi, however, never approved the undercover operation to bring Dawood back.
The BJP leader also said that matters like bringing back Dawood should not be subject to of public discussions. Citing the example of the United States of America, Modi said USA did not hold a press conference before initiating the operation to capture Osama bin Laden, the al-Qaeda leader who was killed in Pakistan in 2011.
Last December a metropolitan court had accepted the Supreme-Court-appointed Special Investigation Team’s report on the Gujarat riots which said there was no prosecutable evidence against Modi.
However, the victim of Gujarat riots Zakiya Jafri, whose husband was burnt in 2002 riots had filed an appeal in the High Court against the metropolitan court’s order giving clean chit to Modi. 68 people were burnt alive including Zakiya Jafri’s husband during the riots.