Saleem Gazi, an accused in 1993 Mumbai blast case and a close aide of gangster Chota Shakeel, who was absconding, died in Karachi, Pakistan on Saturday.
A source from Mumbai crime branch confirmed the development and said that he had been unwell for a long time and died of a heart attack. Gazi, a close aide of Shakeel, was successful in fleeing India after the 1993 blast, which shook the entire country.
After escaping to Pakistan, Gazi the Indian intelligence agencies were constantly on look for him. He however, changed several addresses including Dubai but mostly had been in Pakistan, sources said. As per the crime branch officials, Gazi was suffering from high blood pressure and was admitted to a hospital since long.
When the 12 blasts rocked the city on March 12 , 1993 killing over 250 people, Gazi had already fled the city. A red corner notice was also issued against him. Shakeel's another close aide Fahim Machmach also died recently.