Former Delhi police commissioner Neeraj Kumar dramatic u- turn denied denied reports which quoted him claiming that 1993 Mumbai serial blasts mastermind, Dawood Ibrahim, was willing to surrender but CBI refused his offer. A report in Hindustan Times had quoted Kumar who claimed that he spoke to a “jittery” Dawood three times in June 1994.
“I spoke to a jittery Dawood three times in June 1994… He seemed to be toying with the idea of surrendering but had one worry — his rival gangs could finish him off if he returned to India. I told him his safety would be the responsibility of the CBI,” Kumar told Hindustan Times.
Noted lawyer Ram Jethmalani said that the underworld don had also called him up and was willing to surrender but wanted assurance that he would be kept under house arrest, the report stated.
Reacting to Kumar’s revelation, former CBI director, Vijay Rama Rao denied that an offer of surrender was ever made by Dawood. “If it was the case, then it was not brought to my knowledge,” he was quoted by ANI. He added, “If such offer would have come, we would have grabbed it.”
Meanwhile, Minister of State (External Affairs) VK Singh told ANI that if Kumar wanted to say something, then he should have said that during his tenure.
Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju, however, said, “We cannot react as we don’t have any official information on Dawood Ibrahim.” Even noted lawyer Ram Jethmalani claimed that Dawood called him and said that he wanted to surrender. “Let all facts come out. Without entire facts be known, it would be premature and incorrect to say anything,” BJP leader Nalin Kohli said.
Dawood Ibrahim was the mastermind behind the 1993 Mumbai blasts. On March 12, 1993, the city of Mumbai was rocked by 13 explosions in different parts of the city. It resulted in 257 fatalities and over 700 were injured.