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Bangladesh detains Hyderabad blast accused
September 03, 2007 11:06 IST
Bangladesh police has detained a person who is alleged to have masterminded the Mecca Mosque blast in Hyderabad and provided logistics for the recent blasts in the Andhra Pradesh capital.
Sources in the security agencies claimed that they have got information from Bangladesh that the police over there had picked up Mohammad Sharifuddin, a Bangladeshi HuJI operative, and were questioning him in this regard.
He is among the two persons the security agencies and police suspect planted the bombs that went off in Hyderabad on August 24, killing more than 40.
Sharifuddin, believed to be a trans-border criminal who operates under code-names 'Hamza' and 'Kanchan', had extended support to HuJI and other Pakistan-based militant groups purely for monetary gains, sources said.
He is believed to have undertaken the task as per the orders of HuJI commander Abdul Shahid Mohammed alias "Bilal", alleged to be the main accused in the twin blasts.
The Central Bureau of Investigation, meanwhile, was going to send a request through Interpol to its counterparts in Bangladesh to verify the reports though little was expected in reciprocation as Sharifuddin had no Red Corner notice pending against him, the sources said.
India may also make a request through diplomatic channels as the two countries, during the recent Indo-Bangla home secretary level talks, had decided upon to set up a joint mechanism for sharing actionable intelligence.