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CBI seeks custody of Hyderabad masjid blast accused

india Updated: Jun 18, 2010 19:54 IST

The CBI on Friday filed a petition in a local court seeking custodial interrogation of Devender Gupta, an accused in the 2007 Mecca Masjid bomb blast in Hyderabad.

The CBI brought Gupta and another suspect, Lokesh Sharma, to Hyderabad on Thursday from Ajmer Central Prison. It filed two petitions before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court, seeking custodial interrogation of Gupta and to conduct a Test Identification Parade (TIP) of Sharma.

Gupta and Sharma, allegedly linked to Hindu outfits, were arrested by Rajasthan Police in connection with the 2007 Ajmer blasts.

The court posted both the petitions for hearing on June 21. The two are currently under judicial remand at the Chanchalguda Central Prison here till June 30.

Meanwhile, a CBI officer told PTI that there are two witnesses to identify Sharma. "Once Sharma is subjected to TIP, we will move another petition seeking his custody."

The CBI, probing the blast at Mecca Masjid here on May 18, 2007, through the duo's interrogation wants to establish the conspiracy behind the explosion, in which nine persons were killed, and also to know the whereabouts of other accused.