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Cops probe Talha’s role in Sept 13 blasts

Amir Talha, a suspected IM activist who was arrested by the Maharashtra ATS from Nagpur railway station, was not present at Batla House in Jamia Nagar on the day of the encounter, reports Vijaita Singh.

delhi Updated: Dec 24, 2008 00:14 IST
Vijaita Singh

Amir Talha (22), a suspected Indian Mujahideen (IM) activist who was arrested by the Maharashtra Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) from Nagpur railway station, was not present at Batla House in Jamia Nagar on the day of the encounter, Mumbai Police said.

The Special Cell of Delhi Police investigating into the serial blasts case said they would be seeking Talha’s custody soon.

Police are analyzing two mobile phone numbers — 9899605127 and 9990858218 — that belongs to Mirza Shadab Baig, wanted in September 13 serial blasts in Delhi to establish his links with Talha.

It was at Baig’s residence at 279/2 Fahad Apartment in Zakir Nagar where Talha stayed before the serial blasts. Baig, an engineer, had planted a bomb at Children’s Park, India Gate, on September 13 and is still absconding.

“We have arrested him (Talha) for possessing illegal arms from Nagpur railway station. So far his involvement in Delhi blasts is not confirmed,” KP Raghuvanshi, Mumbai ATS chief told Hindustan Times.

Talha is the son of Amir Rashidi Madni who heads an ulema council in Azamgarh. Madni was arrested by the UP police for promoting enmity on grounds of religion. He was working with a call centre in Hyderabad.

The chargesheet in the Delhi serial blasts case said it was Shahzad Ahmed alias Pappu and Ariz Khan alias Junaid who fled from Batla House after opening fire on slain Inspector Mohan Chand Sharma.

In the shootout, the head of the northern wing of the IM — Atif Ameen and Mohammad Sajid — were killed and Mohammad Saif was arrested. Atif was the maternal uncle of Baig and he roped in young men from their native place in Azamgarh to carry out serial blasts across the country.

Police said Atif was discreet about his operations and he may have been in touch with Talha.

“There were several phone numbers in Atif's phonebook. We are analyzing them. He may have been in touch with Talha. We would be seeking the custody of Talha and would interrogate him to establish his links with the IM and the Lashkar-e-Tayyeba (LeT),” said a source.