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ATS may invoke MCOCA against Pune blast suspect

September 18, 2010 19:01 IST

The Maharashtra Anti Terrorism Squad may invoke the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act against the two alleged Lashkar-e-Tayiba operatives, one of them a Pune blast suspect, arrested last week.

Nearly seven months after a powerful blast ripped through Pune's German Bakery, the ATS on September 7 nabbed Mirza Himayat Baig, head of the LeT's operations in Maharashtra, for his alleged role in the explosion which killed 17, including foreigners, and wounded 56 others. His aide Shaikh Lalbaba Mohammed Hussain alias Bilal, an LeT operative who ran a sleeper cell in Nashik and conducted recce of several key locations, including security establishments in Maharashtra, was arrested on the same day under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for allegedly plotting terror attacks.

"We are examining all legal options to see if we can invoke MCOCA against the two," ATS chief Rakesh Maria said. In order to invoke MCOCA, the police must furnish two previous charge sheets linking the accused to organised crime syndicates. Alleged LeT operative Fayaz Kagzi, Indian Mujahideen (IM) members Mohammed Ahmed and Mohsin Choudhary are wanted for the Pune blast and figured in charge sheets in separate terror-related cases earlier, the ATS said.

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