NEW DELHI - India’s most wanted man Dawood Ibrahim is in Pakistan and joint efforts with the US were being made to nab him, Indian Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said on Friday.
“As per our information, Dawood is in Pakistan. When I went to America last year to discuss inland security, I met the attorney general who looks after the FBI.
“I talked to him and we decided that we will pass whatever information we have on Dawood amongst each other. We decided we will make joint efforts,” Shinde said when asked about the whereabouts of Dawood who is wanted in a number of cases by Indian agencies including the 1993 Mumbai blasts, reported Press Trust of India (PTI).
The Indian minister was addressing his monthly press conference.
The home minister, on the same question about Dawood last year, had said all such wanted elements will be brought back ‘one by one’. “All will come. Just wait,” he had said.
In response to a question on Friday, Shinde said the Congress government will ask all state governments to set up review or screening committees to assess role of minority youths languishing in jails on terror charges without trial.
“I am again writing to all chief ministers saying we will appoint a screening or advisory committee. These will be state-level committees,” he said.
Shinde said he had earlier asked all chief ministers to ensure that no innocent minority youth is wrongfully detained in the name of terror.
“I had written to all chief ministers to be careful while arresting youth of minority community. That I said in my earlier letter and it was not one community but all those who are concerned.”
Last September, Shinde had said the Centre had received various representations on alleged harassment of innocent Muslim youth by law enforcement agencies.
“Some of the minority youth have started feeling that they are deliberately targeted and deprived of their basic rights,” he wrote and emphasised that the government is committed to its core principle of combating terrorism in every form and manifestation.
Ibrahim not in Pak: FO
Nawa-i-Waqt Report: Reacting to a fresh statement from Indian home minister, Foreign Office stated on Friday Dawood Ibrahim was not in Pakistan and that New Delhi had been made aware of the fact a number of times.
When contacted to learn about Islamabad’s reaction over the terse remarks, FO spokesperson gave a point-by-point reply to Indian allegations.
Tasneem Aslam said it had been made clear to India a number of occasions that Dawood Ibrahim was not in Pakistan.