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Four IM operatives arrested for Pune blasts

December 20, 2012 23:46 IST

Four alleged Indian Mujahideen operatives, already in Delhi police custody, were on Thursday arrested in connection with Pune serial blasts and remanded in police custody until January 1, the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad said.

The suspects Asad Khan, 33 and Imran Khan, 31 were arrested on September 26 from their hideout at Pul Prehladpur in south Delhi while Syed Firoze, 38 was picked up from

Hazrat Nizamuddin railway station five days later by the Delhi police special cell in an other terror case.

The police claimed that the trio was also involved in triggering the Pune blasts. The fourth accused Langde Irfan, 30, was apprehended from Jaipur on October 10 by the Delhi police.

Subsequently, the Maharashtra ATS, probing the Pune case, sought the custody of the four from a Delhi court, which issued a production warrant, ordering Delhi police to produce the four in a Pune court.

The Maharashtra ATS formally arrested them on Thursday in the Pune blasts case before Judicial Magistrate (first class) S S Bose who remanded them in police custody until January 1. Assistant police commissioner (ATS) Samad Shaikh is investigating the case.

The four allegedly coordinated low-intensity explosions at Jangli Maharaj road at spots near Balgandharva Theatre, Dena Bank branch, McDonald outlet and Garware bridge in

August. The first explosion went off at Balgandharva Theatre in which one person was seriously injured.

The explosion outside McDonald went off in a dustbin while the blasts near Garware bridge and Dena bank were caused by explosives strapped on cycles, the police said.

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