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NIA gets 15-day custody of Asadullah Akhtar

PTI  Hyderabad, September 19, 2013
First Published: 21:47 IST(19/9/2013) | Last Updated: 21:51 IST(19/9/2013)
Asadullah Akhtar alias Haddi, an alleged close associate of banned terror group Indian Mujahideen's co-founder Yasin Bhatkal, was on Thursday remanded to 15-day custody of the National Investigation Agency in the Hyderabad twin bomb blasts case by a court in Hyderabad.

    
Akhtar was produced by NIA amid heavy security in the court of First Additional Metropolitan Sessions Judge here.
    
After his production, the court first remanded Akthar to a 30-day judicial custody. Then NIA filed an application seeking 15-day custodial interrogation, saying that he was a part of a larger conspiracy against the country and a threat to the nation.
 
NIA said there was a need for a thorough interrogation to get more information on his role in terror acts.
    
After arguments and counter-arguments, the court in the evening allowed NIA's application, with the condition that he should be examined by doctors every 48-hours and allowed to meet his lawyer once a day.
    
Mediapersons were not allowed inside the courtroom during the proceedings.
    
Seventeen people were killed and 100 others were injured in the blasts near Konark and Venkatadiri theatres in Dilsukhnagar, a crowded shopping area in the city, on February 21 this year.
    
Bhatkal and Asadullah were arrested by security agencies on the Indo-Nepal border last month.
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