Police claim that the alleged mastermind of the July 26 Ahmedabad serial blasts, Abdul Subhan, was a key planner of the July 11, 2006, blasts in Mumbai suburban trains that claimed 189 lives.
“Subhan has emerged as a key suspect in the train blasts; he was definitely involved,” Ahmedabad’s Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Ashish Bhatia told HT.
The arrested general secretary of the banned Students’ Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), Safdar Nagori (38), told interrogators that Subhan attended a meeting of top SIMI leaders in Indore a week before the train blasts. The meeting was held at the farm of fellow SIMI leader Kamruddin Nagori over July 5 and 6, 2006, where the train bombings plan was discussed.
Subhan also attended a meeting of hardline SIMI leaders a year later in Hubli, where it was decided to target those involved in the demolition of the Babri Masjid.
Giving an instance of the influence he enjoyed within SIMI, Nagori told interrogators: “In 2000, during Ramzan, then Pakistan High Commissioner to India invited top representatives of all Delhi-based Islamic institutions for iftaar. I too was invited and I took Subhan with me.”