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Special Cell seeks custody of IM suspect

delhi Updated: Nov 09, 2008 01:45 IST
Abhishek Sharan

Delhi police's Special Cell has sought the custody of Indian Mujahideen (IM)'s suspected top controller, 33-year-old software engineer Mohammed Sadiq Sheikh, from Mumbai police.

Sheikh is suspected to be involvement in the September 13 serial blasts in Delhi.

Special Cell's Deputy Commissioner of Police Alok Kumar said, "We have submitted the requisite application and production warrant in a Mumbai court to seek custody of Sadiq Sheikh. He is a top Indian Mujahideen operative and was linked to the Delhi blasts."

Sheikh, along with Atif Ameen allegedly involved in the September 13 blasts and now dead, and IM's two absconding top decision-makers Riyaz Bhatkal and Amir Reza Khan, was allegedly involved in several terror attacks across the country since 2006. Incidentally, Special cell's tracking of Ameen's module had begun with its monitoring of Sheikh's phone conversations with his Gujarati associates.

According to Sheikh's Interrogation Report, a copy of which was sourced from Maharashtra police sources by HT, he was a close confidante of the IM's two top absconding operatives Riyaz Bhatkal and Amir Reza Khan.

Sheikh, who joined the Students' Islamic Movement of India in 1996 and took to violent 'jihad' in 2002, revealed that Bhatkal was a secretive, well-networked man.

A day after the Jamia Nagar encounter on September 19, Sheikh had allegedly e-mailed to his top boss Khan, “You must have seen the news…I have switched off my cell phone, Annu (Bhatkal) is untraceable.”