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Nepal cops nab 2 Pakistanis, probe link

The two have been held in connection with the seizure of 16 kg RDX.

india Updated: Jul 13, 2006 22:51 IST

Nepalese police have arrested two Pakistanis in connection with the seizure of 16 kg of RDX in Kathmandu and were investigating whether the duo had any link with the Mumbai train blasts, which claimed over 200 lives.

Aftar Moiddin Siddiqui and Gulam Hussain Cheema were arrested from a five-star hotel in the outskirts of Kathmandu on Wednesday night, Superintendent of Police at the Kathmandu District Police Office, Dhak Bahadur Pun, said on Thursday.

They were arrested in connection with the seizure of 16 kilograms of RDX way back in April 2001 from a Pakistani diplomat, who was staying at a house rented by Cheema in Kathmandu, the police official said.

However, police could not arrest Cheema at that time as he fled from the scene as soon as it raided the house. The diplomat also escaped due to immunity and later he was asked to leave Kathmandu.

Acting on a tip-off, a team of police arrested Siddiqui and Cheema from a room of the hotel and necessary investigation was being carried out in the matter, he said.

However, Pun said police had no information about their possible link with the Mumbai blasts.

"So far we have no information on that, we have been investigating whether they have any link with the Mumbai blasts," the police official said when asked if there is any link.

When asked for comment, an Indian embassy staffer said they have no information about the arrests.

Both the arrested Pakistani nationals are under custody at the district Police Office in Hanumandhoka.

Two other Pakistanis were also arrested from another hotel in Jyatha on Wednesday but were released after preliminary investigations, reported 'e-Kantipur', the online edition of The Kathmandu Post daily.