How many of you have watched D-day, a 2013 spy thriller by Nikhil Advani?
After the watching the movie most of us should have illusory thought of making the made-up story of the movie as a real life incident, after all it was about capturing the India's most wanted criminal.
Now, let me tell you another story, just that this is well documented in Hussain Zaidi’s book ‘From Dongri to Dubai’, and can also be referred at wikileaks.
On July 2005, India’s most wanted and hated don, Dawood Ibrahim was back in the news. Reason, was the marriage between his daughter and cricketer Javed Miandad’s son. Mystery surrounded whether Dawood Ibrahim, will going to attend the post marriage reception to be held in Dubai. To quote the then telegraphindia.com’s report:
“Even the hotel where the reception was to be held remained unknown. Dummy bookings were made at several leading hotels of Dubai in order to draw a smokescreen……Around 9.30pm, a few guests, both Indians and Pakistanis as well as some Arabs, had arrived at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, one of the hotels where a booking had been made.”
Someone sitting here in India, wanted to send a gift from India, thus to make this a pregnant moment in the Indian History. Game was to make this as the last event in the life of Dawood Ibrahim, and it job was outsourced to the Chhota Rajan gang. Indian Intelligence agency wanted to only ghostly operate this mission, and hence a retired Intelligence Bureau (IB) officer was drafted to coordinate it. Vicky Malhotra and Farid Tanasha, the two sharpshooters of Chhota Rajan gang who had arrived in India for this mission.
To further quote from the book, ‘From Dongri to Dubai’
“At the same time Mumbai’s Crime Branch received a tip-off that two top sharpshooters of the Chhota Rajan gang, Farid Tanasha and Vicky Malhotra, had entered India through 24 Parganas in West Bengal, they were raring to go. DCP Kamlakar thought that the duo was on its way to Delhi to eliminate some top businessman or politician. After seeking consent from his superiors, Kamlakar and his crack team of Crime Branch officers left for Delhi.”
Then came the news of Mumbai policemen travelling to Delhi to picket out Vicky Malhotra, who had been charged with numerous crimes, including murder, extortion and arms smuggling, and was on run for several years. On July 11 a team led by DCP Dhananjay Kamalakar of the Mumbai crime branch arrested Malhotra while he was driving through central Delhi. Accompanying Vicky Malhotra was the retired Intelligence Bureau (IB) officer, who tried his best to get this D-Day mission accomplished, but all in vain.
Sadly, D-Day still remained a fictional story and Dawood Ibrahim would have watched it and would have rejoicing commenting about the silliness of our imaginations. However, we might see the light after darkness, after all that retired Intelligence Bureau (IB) officer is back in news. The Master Spy, the legendary of many covert operations, widely known for solving conflicts in States like Mizoram, Kashmir and Punjab. He was the first police officer to be awarded the Kirti Chakra, a military medal awarded for courageous action away from the field of battle.
Meet veteran intelligence hero Ajit Doval, our new National Security Advisor.