The Delhi police and the National Investigative Agency (NIA) were at loggerheads over the custody of top Indian Mujahideen operatives — Tehseen Akhtar and Zia-ur-Rehman alias Waqas and three others in a local court on Wednesday.
The court allowed Delhi police custody of the five for 13 more days. It is unclear whether NIA will get their custody thereafter.
Seen as a ‘big catch' for intelligence agencies, Tehseen and Waqas were brought before additional sessions judge Daya Prakash along with three other suspected IM operatives.
The police sought 15 more days of police custody for all five in connection with the case of an illegal arms factory case set up in Meer Vihar area of Nangloi in Outer Delhi.
The NIA told the court that they sought the arrest of Tehseen and Waqas in the 2013 Hyderabad's Dilsukhnagar blasts case. The NIA submitted that, being a federal central agency, they had the right to formally arrest both the accused wanted in the blasts case.
The special cell said they were in process of acquiring vital information that may lead to the arrest of IM's co-founder Riyaz Bhatkal. They need sustained custodial interrogation of these accused, they said.
Akhtar was arrested from the Indo-Nepal border in Darjeeling district of West Bengal on March 25. Pakistan national Waqas was arrested outside Ajmer Railway Station on March 22 and his three associates — Mahruf, Azhar, both residents of Jaipur, and Ansari, a resident of Jodhpur, were arrested on March 23.