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12 Indian Mujahideen members remanded to judicial custody

November 03, 2008 18:51 IST

Twelve alleged members of the terror outfit Indian Mujahideen [Images], arrested in connection with bomb blasts across the country since 2005, have been remanded to judicial custody till November 17 by a special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act court in Mumbai.

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Judge M R Puranik has, however, transferred the custody of the 12 arrested accused to the Property Cell of the Mumbai crime branch for interrogation in connection with the recovery of stolen vehicles that were used to carry out serial blasts in the Surat [Images] and Ahmedabad [Images] blasts.

The 12 accused were later produced by the Property Cell before a metropolitan magistrate who remanded them to police custody for a week.

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The Mumbai Crime Branch had arrested 20 persons in September this year for their alleged involvement in the recent Delhi [Images], Ahemadabad, Surat and Bangalore blasts and other terror strikes across the country since 2005.

Out of the 20 members, eight were remanded to judicial custody last week by the court.

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Four of the arrested accused had filed an application last week alleging that they were being tortured by the police in custody.

The court has directed the police to take two of the accused to a hospital and submit a report on November 17.

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The four had also filed an application seeking to retract their confession. According to the application, they claimed the confession was forcibly taken from them by the police.

During the last hearing, one of the accused, Mohammad Mansoor Peerbhoy, had filed an application stating that he wants to turn an approver in the case.

The prosecution will file its reply on this application on November 5.

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