New Delhi: Underworld don Chhota Shakeel has issued a warning to India hours after 1993 Mumbai serial blasts convict Yakub Memon was hanged to death at the Nagpur Central Jail early Thursday warning.
Shakeel, a key aide of India's most wanted man Dawood Ibrahim, has called Yakub's hanging "a legal murder".
He has further hit out at the Indian government for reneging on its promises made to Yakub while inducing him to come back to India.
Shakeel, who spoke to The Times of India newspaper over phone, said that by hanging Yakub, India has nullified any possibility of Dawood and other fugitives ever coming back to India in exchange of promises of leniency.
"Dawood bhai would have been meted the same fate if he would have come at that time... it is clear now," the underworld don told the daily.
Dawood, along with Yakub's elder brother Tiger Memon, is believed to have masterminded the serial blasts in Mumbai in March 1993.
"What message has the Indian government sent across? You have punished an innocent man for his brother's act. The company (D-company) condemns it. It's a legal murder," Shakeel said.
“Woh to hoga hi (that will happen),” he said while speaking of consequences for India.
Shakeel insisted that Yakub was innocent and that the real culprit was Tiger.
“The government prosecuted someone who had taken audios and videos as evidence with him. He did not agree with the accused and decided to be lawful. What did he get?" Shakeel asked.
Nobody will buy the government's "chocolate" in future, Shakeel said further.
"Nobody will believe your agencies if they make a promise next time. Nobody will trust the Indian government in future."
Shakeel also denied that Yakub had links with Dawood.