A car once owned by underworld don Dawood Ibrahim was on Wednesday set afire by activists of the Hindu Mahasabha in Indirapuram in Ghaziabad district of Uttar Pradesh.
The burning of the car was a symbolic targeting of terrorism, said Swami Chakrapani, the national president of All India Hindu Mahasabha who bought the green Hyundai Accent car in an auction on December 9.
“Burning the car would be symbolic of conducting the last rites of the terrorism that Dawood and his henchmen spread in the country, especially in Mumbai,” Chakrapani had said on Tuesday.
Dawood is wanted in India for the 1993 serial bomb blasts in Mumbai that killed 257 people and injured nearly a 1,000 others.
“Earlier I wanted to convert the car into an ambulance, but when D-company’s (Dawood gang’s) henchmen threatened me to be ready to face the consequences, I decided to give a reply to him in his own language. I am going to torch it in full public view,” Chakrapani said.
Chakrapani said he didn’t need any security as he was not afraid of threats, though he filed a complaint with Mandir Marg police in Delhi on December 11 after receiving the threat calls.
The Hyundai Accent car that once drove around India’s most-wanted criminal Dawood Ibrahim was sold for Rs 32,000 in Mumbai earlier this month as authorities auctioned off a clutch of properties allegedly belonging to the mob boss who continues to elude them.
While a restaurant once purportedly owned by the gangster was purchased for over Rs four crore, other pieces of real estate reportedly belonging to him also went under the hammer, fetching several lakh rupees.
However, confusion prevailed over the previous ownership of the properties as the auctioneers did not clarify if they indeed belonged to the don.
Hotel Rounaq Afroz, located in Dawood’s den Bhendi Bazaar, was bought by former journalist S Balakrishnan, who was representing an NGO, for Rs 4.28 crore. Balakrishnan reportedly received an SMS threat from Dawood’s associate, Chhota Shakeel, ahead of the auction, leading him to believe that the property indeed belonged to the don.
Chakrapani picked up the Hyundai Accent car. “We will use it as an ambulance and if it is not fit for it, we will burn it as an effigy of D-company,” he had said, adding that his organisation wants to prove that there is no longer any fear of the gangster.
Indian authorities last month arrested Dawood’s former aide Chhota Rajan and believe he could lead them to the former.