New-Delhi: In a major crackdown, Abu Bakr, who is prime accused of 1993 Mumbai serial blast accused has been held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) by Indian security agencies after nearly 3 decades.
One of the prime conspirators of the 1993 Mumbai blasts, Abu Bakr, whose full name is Abu Bakr Abdul Gafur Shaikh, had been residing in UAE and Pakistan. In 1997, a Red Corner Notice was issued against him.
A series of 12 terrorist blasts at different places had rocked Mumbai (then known as Bombay) on 12 March 1993 resulting in 257 fatalities and over 700 injuries.
Bakr was once apprehended in 2019. However, he had managed to get himself freed from the custody of the UAE authorities due to some documentation issues.
Abu Bakr was involved in smuggling along with Mohammad and Mustafa Dossa who were key lieutenants of Dawood Ibrahim. He smuggled gold, clothing and electronics from Gulf countries to Mumbai and nearby landing points.