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'Qayamuddin could be behind blasts'

india Updated: Sep 16, 2008 00:53 IST
Abhishek Sharan
Abhishek Sharan
Hindustan Times
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Investigators probing the Delhi blasts suspect that Qayamuddin Kapadia aka Ashfaque, accused in the Ahmedabad blasts case, was present in the city on Terror Saturday.

Said to be a close aide of Abdus Subhan Qureshi — the brain behind the Indian Mujahideen(IM) terror module — Qayamuddin could have planted one of the bombs, says a senior Crime Branch officer based in Ahmedabad probing the case.

In fact, last week, just before the blasts, a Gujarat Anti-Terrorism Squad team was in the city and carried out searches to nab Qayamuddin, said a senior Intelligence Bureau officer, who requested anonymity.

Qayamuddin, who was assigned by Qureshi to handle the logistical details for the July 26 Ahmedabad blasts, is suspected to have accompanied Abul Bashar, cleric and Ahmedabad blasts suspect, between July 24-27 to Delhi and could have stayed on to plan the attacks.

“Qayamuddin's phone details show that he was in Delhi. We have released his sketch today,” said a senior police officer of the Ahmedabad police who requested anonymity, as he is not authorised to talk to media.

A former chief of SIMI in Gujarat, Qayamuddin is believed to have been in close contact with Khalid Khareban, another Qureshi aide, who raises funds and recruits members for SIMI.