India victimising me: Iqbal Mirchi



London: Iqbal Memon alias Mirchi, whose extradition is being sought by India in connection with the 1993 Mumbai blast case, says he wants to return to India but was being unnecessarily victimised.

Released on bail after he was charged with threatening to kill his nephew here, Mirchi, considered as Dawood Ibrahim's right hand man, claimed in a statement issued through his solicitor Afsheen Chowdhry, that he had no role in terrorist activities and no connection with the underworld don.

In the statement that concluded with 'Jai Hind', the 61-year-old said he missed his homeland and was keen to return.

He was arrested here and charged for threatening to kill his 41-year-old nephew Nadeem Kader before being released on bail on Tuesday.

Claiming he was a "law abiding person with no convictions", he said he was "being victimised for being a successful businessman".

"An arrest warrant was wrongly issued in connection with charges of murder and drugs by the Indian authorities in an effort to victimise me," Mirchi said in a specific reference to the Interpol Red Alert against him.

He also said that the Indian government's decision not to withdraw the arrest warrant against him even after it lost the first extradition case in London was against the "principles of natural justice".

"Despite all problems that I have faced, I miss my homeland and hope that one day justice will prevail and I will be able to return home," he said.

PTI