A car belonging to underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, which was auctioned recently in Mumbai, was on Wednesday set afire by a Hindu Mahasabha leader in Indirapuram in Ghaziabad district of Uttar Pradesh.
"The burning of the car was a symbolic destruction of terrorism," said Swami Chakrapani, the national president of the All India Hindu Mahasabha who set the car on fire in the presence of around 200 supporters in Kinaoni locality.
Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind president Maulana Suhaib Qasmi along with about a dozen supporters was also present.
Dawood is wanted in India for the 1993 serial bomb blasts in Mumbai that killed 257 people and injured nearly a 1,000 others.
The green Hyundai Accent car forfeited under the Smugglers and Foreign Exchange Manipulators (Forfeiture of Property) Act was purchased by Chakrapani at the auction for Rs.32,000 on December 9.
Chakrapani told reporters here that he earlier planned to modify the car into an ambulance.
"It is a symbol of terrorism and all patriotic people, including Hindus and Muslims, have assembled here to destroy terrorism symbolically and pave the way for peace in the country," he said.
Qasmi said Indian Muslims were as patriotic as the Hindus in the country.
"Islam never teaches terrorism and violence. Those involved in terrorist activities are not the true followers of Islam. Jamiat members are therefore participating in the symbolic destruction of terrorism through burning of Dawood's car," he said.