Mumbai Blasts: Man who saved some of Mumbai from mayhem
“Even now, 20 years later, when I meet people for the first time, I am often introduced as the man who averted a bomb explosion in the area,” Mandot says at his Sewri home.
It was Mandot who also provided the Mumbai police their first clue in the 1993 blasts probe, when on March 13, 1993, he alerted them about a dubious-looking Bajaj Chetak scooter (MH-04-Z-261) parked outside his dispensary on Naigaum Cross Road. The scooter, laden with RDX, had failed to explode, and was defused after Mandot’s call to the police control room.
A key found by chance at smuggler Tiger Memon’s residence in Al Hussaini building in Mahim by Rakesh Maria, who was then posted as DCP (Traffic), was later matched to the scooter, confirming the hand behind the blasts.
“The unexploded Bajaj scooter found at Naigaum Cross Road was the first clue. It was called in by Dr Mandot, a day after the blasts took place. The key found at Tiger Memon’s house was found to fit the same scooter the following evening,” said Maria.
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