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Avantika Mehta, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, April 16, 2014
Accused in various terror cases spread across India, the co-founder of the Indian Mujahideen (IM) Yasin Bhatkal and his aide Asadullah Akhtar claimed before a special NIA court in Delhi that the Maharashtra Police forced them to sign confessions that are now being used against them.

After district judge IS Mehta issued production warrants against them, Bhatkal and Akhtar appeared before the court in an in-camera hearing on Tuesday.

The accused moved an application through their counsel MS Khan for "retraction of their statements recorded during the custody of Maharashtra Police."  They claimed that they had signed blank pieces of paper under threat to life from the officials of Maharashtra Police. They were allegedly told that they would be compelled to commit suicide in the custody,  sources said.

The court took the application on record and remanded the duo to judicial custody till April 29. It also issued production warrants against co-accused Obaid-Ur-Rehman and Abu Faisal who were not produced before it on the day.