An Indian news channel, IBN, has claimed that almost a year back, India came on the brink of eliminating underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, the country’s most wanted terrorist and chief accused in the 1993 Mumbai serial bomb blasts.
According to the IBN report, a team of Indian commandos had infiltrated into Pakistan to hunt Dawood and were all set to execute the “highly secret” operation before they were asked to not carry out the strike.
Indian intelligence agencies have been trying to trace and nab Dawood ever since he fled to Pakistan more than two decades ago after masterminding the biggest terror strike in the country.
Details accessed by the channel suggest that India attempted a daring covert operation to eliminate Dawood on Pakistani territory.
“An operation was planned in 2013 to eliminate Dawood. Nine agents were selected by Indian intelligence agency RAW for the operations. The operatives were given passports of Sudan, Bangladesh and Nepal. The team was called Super Boys,” claimed a source.
For the operation, RAW had sought active support from Israel’s Mossad and September 13 was chosen as the date of execution, the source said.
According to the channel’s source, “Dawood has been living in Karachi for years and every day he travels from his Clifton Road home to the Defence Housing Society (DHA). This was the opportunity the ‘Super Boys’ chose to utilise. A dargah on the way was chosen as the spot for execution. On September 13, 2013, the nine commandos took positions across the road. The commandos not only knew details of Dawood’s car but also had a latest video which exposed his present appearance.”
However, minutes before the execution, the plan was aborted after a mysterious phone call. The source, however, did not divulge details about the call or the caller or why the plan was aborted.