First it was a cautious reply in Rajya Sabha to a member’s question, soon it was a correction carried out in hurry by another minister speaking out the same line that the government of India has maintained since decades.
This morning, Minister of state for home Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary, replied to MP Nityanand Rai’s question in dotted lines as: “The subject has not been located so far. Extradition process with regard to Dawood Ibrahim would be initiated once the subject is located.”
Few hours later, the faux pas was spotted and another MoS in the same ministry Kiren Rijiju said:”Dawood is in Pakistan. Government’s stand is consistent that he’s in Pakistan.”
Despite an Interpol’s red corner notice, the don of underworld allegedly responsible for the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts is still at large and the government maintained that he was given protection in Pakistan. Very often, he appears in Dubai and meets his Indian friends from the film field and throws lavish dinners.
Even “the United Nations Security Council has also issued a special notice against him,” said the minister in clarifying its earlier statement. Later, officials blamed it on bureaucratic goof-up.
for the reply. They claimed that the home ministry prepared the reply in consultation with external affairs ministry.
Dawood Ibrahim is back in news on alleged revelations that he wanted to surrender, an offer that was thwarted by successive governments since PV Narasimha Rao in the mid-90s.
Despite Shiv sena’s Bal Thackerey thumping the ground to get back Dawood within days, the entire term of the government could not bring him back as many politicians and friends of Dawood prefer him to be away from India.
If he returns, it would lead to the opening of the pandora box as many skeletons of famous near dear ones of the former Mumbai don would tumble down. Perhaps, even the underworld don knows that he has no real friends in Pakistan or India.
After India, even the United States declared him a “global terrorist” in 2003 and soon the the United Nations. The Bush administration imposed several sanctions on him and his so-called D-company, while Russian intelligence agencies have pointed out his possible involvement in many other terror attacks, including the 2008 Mumbai attacks, says Interpol, which has issued a look out for him.
It was believed that he has been shifted to Dubai for some time before pushed to the Pakistan-Afghanistan border as of recent hints in the media.