Blasts mastermind brought to Ahmedabad from Uttar PradeshAugust 17th, 2008 - 2:06 pm ICT by IANS
Ahmedabad, Aug 17 (IANS) Mufti Abdul Bashr, who was arrested for allegedly masterminding the serial blasts in Ahmedabad last month, was brought here from Uttar Pradesh late Saturday night, police said Sunday. Bashr, who was held from Lucknow’s Moulviganj area Saturday by a team of the Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) and the Gujarat police, will be produced in court here to seek policy custody, a police official said.
The top leader of the banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) was sent to three-day transit remand by Lucknow Chief Judicial Magistrate Sapna Singh Saturday.
A Crime Branch source told IANS that the inquiry could formally begin only after the police are granted custody.
Gujarat police chief P.C. Pande Saturday said the SIMI activist, who hails from Binapara village in Azamgarh district, had meticulously planned the July 26 serial blasts in Ahmedabad in which 55 people were killed and over 150 injured. He added that Bashr could provide vital clues in the case.
According to Pande, Bashr, with his oratory, “used to inspire terror activities”.
The police chief added: “In April, he had held a big meeting. He had also visited Ahmedabad. By interrogating him more clues about other blasts that occurred in the country earlier could come out. We have uncovered sleeper cells successfully.”
He said that nine people have so far been arrested for their suspected involvement in the July 26 blasts. Apart from Bashr, eight other SIMI activists have been held from Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Gujarat, Pande said.