Former CBI officer and Delhi police commissioner Neeraj Kumar has revealed in a book that the 9/11 terror attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and two other places by mastermind Mohammad Atta were funded by ransom money collected by gangsters after kidnapping Kadim Shoes owner Partha Pratim Roy Burman, chairman–cum–managing director of Khadim Shoes.
The ransom collected made its way to Atta from terrorist Omar Sheikh who was released in exchange of hostages in hijacked Indian Airlines plane in 1999, he said in his book. Sheikh was given the money by another terrorist Aftab Ansari, one of the accused in attack on the American Center in Kolkata and is awaiting execution in prison now.
Neeraj Kumar said in his book that the outfit Harkat ul-Mujahideen member Asif Raza Khan had told him that his boss Aftab Ansari “had shared the ransom money collected with Mohammed Atta, whose name was mentioned in the testimony of John S Pistole, deputy assistant director, Counter terrorism Division of FBI before the US Senate Committee on Terrorist Financing in July 2003.
Kumar said he even received calls allegedly from Dawood Ibrahim or his brother Anees who had told him not to chase the cricketers in BCCI Match Fixing Scam citing that he has just few months to retire and it would be a vain attempt to nail down culprits.
The book is all about the underworld activities after the 1993 Bombay blasts, investigation, bureaucratic hurdles and the final telephonic advice from the D-gang.“I think it was Dawood or his brother Anees who told me that I should stop chasing them as I was about to retire,” said Kumar, who is currently heading the anti-corruption wing of BCCI.