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‘IM was to attack Yerawada jail’

Charul Shah, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, May 01, 2013
First Published: 01:39 IST(1/5/2013) | Last Updated: 01:40 IST(1/5/2013)

The Indian Mujahideen  (IM) had planned to carry out blasts at the Yerawada Jail and Pune Court to avenge the murder of Qateel Siddiqui, an IM operative who was killed by inmates in the jail on June 8. The accused had also carried out reconnaissance at Bandra, Santaruz, Juhu, Andheri and Jogeshwari.

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The revelation comes in the 3,857-page charge sheet that the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) filed on Tuesday into the low-intensity blasts at Jungli Maharaj Road in Pune.

Five blasts had occurred at the spot on August 1, 2012, injuring a tailor. The police had later recovered a live bomb near a bank along the road. The blasts were low-intensity because of faulty detonators and the poor quality of the explosives used.

Following subsequent investigations, the Delhi special cell had arrested four main accused in the case from Delhi, Bangalore and Nanded. They were later transferred to the state ATS.

The ATS has filed the charge sheet against eight arrested IM operatives namely Syed Feroz, Irfan Landge, Imran Khan, Asad Khan, Sayyed Arif alias Kashif Biyabani, Munib Iqbal Memon, Farooq Bagwan and Aslam Jahagirdar alias Bunty. It lists Riyaz Bhatkal, Iqbal Bhatkal, Fayaz Kagzi, Ahmed alias Waqas and Asadulla Akhtar Javed Akhtar alias Tabrez as wanted accused.

According to the charge sheet, Riyaz Bhatkal — the fugitive founder of the IM — had asked the accused to start preparations for planting bombs at the Yerawada prison and the Pune Court to avenge the death of Siddique and also had a plan to kill the family members of the jail inmates, who had killed Qateel.

As the said plan could not be executed immediately, it was finally decided to carry out blasts at Pune or in Mumbai, states the charge sheet. Despite surveying several spots in Mumbai, Bhatkal finally issued instructions to carry out a reconnaissance at Pune, the charge sheet states. On July 29 and 30, two days prior to the blast, Sayyed surveyed the Jungli Maharaj road, where seven explosives were planted on August 1.

According to the charge sheet, the bombs were planted by Waqas, Tabrez and Sayyed.


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