HOW MUMBAI SERIAL BLAST ACCUSED ABU SALEM MET SANJAY DUTT
One of the accused in 1993 Mumbai serial blasts, Abu Salem in an account to the CBI narrates how he went from being an electronics shop owner to a gangster.
Here are the excerpts;
I was born at Saraimir, Ajamgarh in 1965. I was six years old when my father who was a lawyer died in road accident. I stopped school at class 9 and left Alamgir for Mumbai to live with my cousin, Akhtar Ali Ansari.
In 1986, Akhtar started his own store – Lufty Electronics at Arsha Shopping Complex in Andheri and I obtained a license to sell foreign good in the store. Soon, I met Aziz who visited our store often and owned a store at Mahim. When I understood he sold jewelries, I began buying jewelry from him and reselling to jewelers in Andheri and Kandivli.
Aziz called me one day during the 1993 riots and asked me to follow him to collect jewelry. After a two-hour drive, we arrived at a hotel in Bhiwandi where we met a man called Riyaz Siddiqui.
In the evening I was asked to go to actor Sanjay Dutt’s house in Bhandra where Dutt and a man named Samir picked some weapons. And in March 1993, there were series of bomb blasts in the city after which Aziz asked me to leave India.
I moved to the US and from there to Portugal where I was arrested.