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Mumbai blasts accused held under POTA

October 13, 2003 18:21 IST

Three persons accused of being involved in the August 25 Mumbai twin blasts and the July 28 Ghatkopar blast were on Friday rearrested by the Mumbai Police under the Prevention of Terrorism Act.

The suspects are Sayed Mohammed Hanif (40), his wife Fahimida (37) and associate Arshat Shafi Ahmed Ansari (26).    

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Hanif, Fahimida and Arshat were already in judicial custody in connection with the Ghatkopar blast.

Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam informed the POTA court that all the accused had been identified by most of the witnesses, including the driver of the taxi that exploded at Gateway of India in south Mumbai. He sought the permission of the court to arrest the accused.
 
After the designated Judge A P Bhangale granted permission they were arrested and remanded to custody.
 
The accused were produced amid tight security in the court.

In all 53 persons were killed and more than 100 injured in the bomb blasts at Gateway of India and Zaveri Bazaar.


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