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Delhi blasts: Suspected IM terrorist remanded

January 05, 2009 18:47 IST

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A suspected Indian Mujahideen [Images] terrorist, who is an accused in the Delhi serial blasts, was on Monday remanded to 10 days police custody by a court in New Delhi [Images] where he was produced after being arrested from Lucknow on January 2.

Mohammad Hakim, arrested by Uttar Pradesh [Images] Anti-Terrorism Squad, was produced before Metropolitan Magistrate Gaurav Rao who sent him to custodial interrogation till January 15.

The alleged terrorist, a final year student of a private Engineering college at Lucknow who was also carrying a prize of Rs one lakh on his head, was alleged by the police to have provided logistic supports to his co-accused in carrying out the September 13 serial blasts in the capital, besides supplying explosives to them.

Seeking his custodial interrogation, ACP Sanjeev Yadav, who is the Investigating Officer of the blasts cases, submitted 12 other co-accused are still absconding and he was required to be taken to various places like Lucknow, Azamgarh and Mumbai [Images] for further probe.

"The accused had supplied splinters and ball-bearings used in making bombs to maximise the casualties. He is to be interrogated to locate the shops from where he purchased them," the officer said.

As off now, his interrogation has substantiated the complicity of accused Ariz, Sadab Beg and Asadullah in the blasts, he told the court.

Delhi Police, on January 3, were granted transit remand of Hakim by a Lucknow court in connection with the case.

Hakim is also wanted by Maharashtra Police in connection with a case under the Arms Act and Bombay Police Act, UP ATS had said. Earlier, Mohd Saif -- another accused in the Delhi serial blasts case -- was sent to judicial custody after his interrogation by Gujarat and Rajasthan police for his alleged role in the synchronised explosions in Ahmedabad [Images] and Jaipur [Images].

He was brought to the Capital on December 25 from Jaipur, and was later produced before Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Kaveri Baweja, who sent him to jail till January 7.

Production warrants for other four accused -- Zeeshan, Zia-Ur-Rehman, Mohd Shakeel and Saquib Nissar -- in the September 13 serial blasts case have already been issued.      

Delhi Police had recently filed two chargesheets against the five accused in the serial blasts that were carried out in Karol Bagh, Connaught Place and Greater Kailash Part I in the city.

Saif was arrested following the Batla House encounter at Jamia Nagar in south Delhi on September 19. Another accused, Zeeshan, was arrested on September 19 from Jhandewalan area in Central Delhi. The other three accused -- Shakeel, Zia-ur-Rehman and Saquib --were arrested from Shaheen Bagh in the city on September 20. All the accused have been booked under various provisions of IPC, Explosive Substances Act and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

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