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Key Mumbai blasts suspect shot dead news bureau | September 12, 2003 22:40 IST
Last Updated: September 13, 2003 02:05 IST

Key Mumbai twin blasts suspect Nasir was shot dead by the police in an encounter near Ruparel College, Matunga, in central Mumbai. An associate of Nasir, identified as Hassan by the police, was also shot dead.

Joint Commissioner of Police (crime) Satyapal Singh told that the police were tracking Nasir's movement for some time.

A police team led by Assistant Commissioner of Police Shankar Kamble of Crime Branch Unit 2 was tailing Nasir, who was travelling in a navy blue Maruti 800 car (DL 28 M 6184). 

Near Ruparel College the cops challenged Nasir to stop and surrender. But Nasir, Singh said, whipped out a revolver and fired at the cops. He was killed in retaliatory firing, Singh added. Fourteen policemen were involved in the operation.

Ninety-two gelatin sticks, eight detonators, two alarm clocks and two American revolvers were found on the two gangsters, Singh said. Police Commissioner R S Sharma described the cache as 'huge' and one the largest recoveries made by the Mumbai Police.

The two were taken to the nearby KEM Hospital where they were declared dead before admission, the police said. The bodies have been taken to J J Hospital for post mortem.

Sharma said police got information about Nasir from the Hanif and his family who were arrested in the last week of August.

Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Chhaggan Bhujbal described the killing of Nasir as a 'major victory for Mumbai Police'. He said Nasir was the 'prime mover' of the twin blasts

The police said that Nasir met co-accused Hanif in Dubai and brainwashed him to avenge the killing of Muslims in Gujarat riots.

Both, the police added, came to India and conspired to engineer the blasts in Mumbai.

Nasir taught Hanif to make bombs and was with him till the eve of the blasts. Nasir, however, disappeared on the day of the explosions, the police said. 

Hanif, his wife and daughter have been arrested under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) in connection with the blasts.

Nasir is believed to be the founder of the Gujarat Revenge Force, which was formed after riots in the state. 

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mumbay police killed two innocent youthon the name of encountr.this type of killing is due tothe policy og indian govt ie killand get promotion,awards and ...


Sub: That's great but is it a end

Accepted our police has done a gr8 job, but is it the end of all? I don't thins so!. The root r this filthy politicians, ...

Posted by M Pardesi

Sub: Police

It *wrong*. People are congratulating the police for killing the WRONG guy. The prime suspect actually is in Islamabad under the patronage of terrorist Bush.

Posted by GB

Sub: congrats! but all is not won yet

Congratulations... but all is not won... the battle against terror will still be on. Wishing all the luck to Mumbai police to keep up their ...

Posted by prax

Sub: Mumbai Police

Well done Mumbai Police, well done. Please continue this kind of encounters. Never leave such people alive who claims lives of innocent people. It is ...

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