Police gets nod for custody of Salem’s attacker

Special TADA court granted permitted city police to take custody of an alleged aide of underworld don Dawood sIbrahim, Mustafa Dossa, who is now lodged in Thane jail in connection with the attack on gangster Abu Salem.

Last Updated: Jul 27, 2010, 18:44 PM IST

Mumbai: Special TADA court today granted
permitted city police to take custody of an alleged aide of
underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, Mustafa Dossa, who is now
lodged in Thane jail in connection with the attack on
extradited gangster Abu Salem.

The city police`s crime branch, probing the attack on
Salem inside the high security Arthur Road jail on Saturday,
approached the TADA court seeking Dossa`s custody in the case.

The court`s magistrate S T Mahajan gave permission to
the police to take custody of Dossa, who will formally be
arrested in the Salem`s attack case by the Crime Branch and
produced before a metropolitan court tomorrow, officials said.
42-year-old Salem, a key accused in the 1993 serial
blasts and facing trial in this case, was allegedly attacked
by Dossa and his associate Abdul Qayyum Shaikh with a sharp
spoon on Saturday outside their barrack following a heated
argument.

The next day, Salem was shifted to Taloja jail, while
Dossa, who is also facing trial in 1993 blasts case, was
transferred to the Thane Central Prison for security reasons,
police said.

Salem has been lodged inside the Arthur Road jail
since his extradition from Portugal in 2005 and is facing
trial in nine cases, including two murders.

Dossa was deported from Dubai in March 2003. Dossa is
accused of having supervised the landing of weapons and
explosives in Maharashtra`s Raigad district prior to the
explosions on March 12, 1993, which killed 257 persons and
injured several others.

PTI