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6) Ayub Memon

June 24, 2008
Ayub Memon is one of the key members of the first family of terrorism in India.

Till the time Mumbai Police officer Rakesh Maria's eyes fell on top of an almirah in a nondescript Mahim house, the Memons were just another family that owned a business, Tejarat International.

But once Maria's glance fell on a scooter key, which would match one of the vehicles used in the 1993 Mumbai blasts, it would emerge that not only was the company a front to launder money, but it was also the means through which the serial blasts were funded.

Most members of the Memon family fled to Pakistan soon after the blasts and all except Ayub and Tiger Memon returned to India. Four of them family were tried and convicted.

Image: The Bombay Stock Exchange was among the establishments that came under attack in the 1993 serial blasts in the metropolis.
Photograph: Indranil Mukherjee/AFP/Getty Images

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