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Hyderabad police probe Mumbai blasts suspect's terror links
Syed Amin Jafri in Hyderabad | September 16, 2003 15:13 IST
The counter-intelligence wing of the Andhra Pradesh police and the city police task force officials in Hyderabad have begun a probe into the antecedents of Habeeb Hasan, the man killed with Mumbai blasts key suspect, Nasir, on September 12 in an encounter in Mumbai.
"We were told that the second man hailed from Hyderabad, but we do not have any information about his antecedents so far. Our teams are verifying his background," Director General of Police S R Sukumara said. "Hasan was known to have gone to Gulf countries, but we are not clear about his intentions," he added.
Even as a special team of Mumbai police was scheduled to arrive here for investigations on Tuesday, city police sources said their preliminary inquiries have revealed that Habeeb Hasan, 26, was a maternal cousin of Nasir.
Hasan's father Abdul Rehman Adroos worked as a taxi driver in Dubai for nearly three decades. Hasan worked as a security guard in a private firm in the UAE for some time and returned to India two years ago and started a computer training institute in Tadban area of the old city.
Now, the police are probing Hasan's links, if any, with terrorist outfits and trying to ascertain whether he visited Pakistan for arms training.
Police sources said Nasir was instigated by Hasan to avenge the killings of Muslims in Gujarat in post-Godhra riots.
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