According to the transcript, instead of grieving for his brother who was about to die, Tiger was talking about revenge in the conversation with his mother and another family member.
However, Additional Chief Secretary (Home) KP Bakshi told ET he was not aware of the phone conversation between Tiger and his family. “Neither .. Neither the Maharashtra DGP (director general of police) nor the central agencies have given us any such report,” he said.
Mumbai Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria did not respond to a text message seeking comments. Tiger Memon and underworld don Dawood Ibrahim were the key conspirators behind the Mumbai blasts. The coordinated attacks across 13 locations in the city on March 12, 1993, claimed 257 lives.
On July 30, as Yakub was being prepared to be sent to the gallows, the phone in the Memon household at the Al Husseini building in Mahim rang at about 5.35 am. The Supreme Court had just 40 minutes earlier upheld the decision to hang Yakub.
An unidentified man from the Memon household answered the phone. People at both the ends seemed to be sure about each other’s identity, possibly indicating a regular channel of communication between Tiger and his family. There were no introductions. Soon after the greeting of “salam walaikum”, Tiger asks the unidentified man to hand the phone over to his mother, Hanifa.
The mother initially seems reluctant, as per the transcript, but the man at the Memon household insists that she should speak to “bhaijan”. Tiger repeatedly tells his mother that Yakub’s death will be avenged. “Main unko chukwaonga (I will make them pay).”