25 Years after the 1993 blast. What Changed for Mumbai and its people?
On March 12, 1993, a dozen bomb blasts took place in Mumbai. In these blasts, 257 people were killed and 713 people were injured. Even after two and a half decades, the investigating agencies are still continuing with the investigation against the accused. Four days earlier, in this case, the wanted accused Farrukh Takala was arrested in India. Takala is one of the most important people of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim.
It is known to all that the 1993 bomb blasts were carried by underworld gangs. After 25 years of the blasts which is completing on Monday, it is natural to raise the question, that after two and a half decades, the underworld of Mumbai has seen an exist now or not? How much has Mumbai changed in these two and a half decades? How much has police intelligence changed against underworld and terrorism? Encounter Specialist Pradeep Sharma explained this in detail. In the last six months, Sharma has made the arrest of some of the most important D Company members. Dawood’s brother Iqbal Kaskar was arrested Dawood’s one of the closest aid Chhota Shakeel, FIR was also lodged against him. Yet he did not say that the era of the great Dawn of Panic is over now – even underworld’s panic. According to Pradeep Sharma, now cybercrime, terrorism has spread its legs. Now the underworld donors raise more funds from those who have taken some help from them in the past. Such people simply help them with the funds and do not complain about this to the police. Sharma gave another example of a change in the underworld or the end of its existence.
According to him, the earnings of underworld at the beginning was very much from Bollywood, because underworld used to be the producer or financier of films in Bollywood. Corporates have started making films now. It is not easy for the underworld to accumulate from them. Then, the police communication system has become very sophisticated. Whenever underworld gangsters think something, we know their conspiracy very soon, so people like Dawood were able to bleed the city of Mumbai in 1993, but now it is not easy to repeat that panic again in Mumbai. The 1993 Mumbai Blast was investigated under the leadership of M.N. Singh. At that time, he was the Mumbai Crime Branch Chief. He later became the Police Commissioner of Mumbai. He says that do not just talk about the 1993 blast. If compared to the earlier period ie Haji Mastan, Yusuf Patel, Karim Lalla and Varadarajan Mudaliar, today, the underworld is now over. According to Singh, Arun Gawli is now half a leader and half a punk. Chhota Rajan is in jail and Dawood has run away. Secondly, when the underworld’s hand was found in the 1993 blast, the police also waited and started a tremendous campaign against the underworld. Then, in Maharashtra, the new law was formed called MCOCA. Then the round of the encounter started. A lot of action was done and the waist of the underworld was broken. After that the money-making the business was reduced, forged currency business was reduced, and smuggling was ended.