13/7 triple blasts: ATS gets court nod to interrogate IM member

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Jul 05, 2016 00:58 IST
The spot at Zaveri Bazaar where the blast took place. (HT FILE)

The state anti-terrorism squad (ATS) got permission on Monday to interrogate Abdul Wahid Siddibapa, senior member of terror outfit Indian Mujahideen (IM), in connection with the triple blasts in the city on July 13, 2011. The ATS alleged he is one of the key conspirators and was involved in providing funds through illegal cash transfer routes (hawala).

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) arrested Siddibapa, a resident of Maqdoom colony, Bhatkal, Karnataka, from the IGI airport in Delhi on May 20.

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The ATS filed an application before MCOCA court seeking a production warrant against him for his alleged role in the blast.

In its four-page application, the agency said the ATS team interrogated Siddibapa when he was with the NIA, where he revealed the details of his involvement in the blast and his connection with Riyaz and Yasin Bhatkal.

“Siddhibapa also disclosed his involvement in hawala transaction,” reads the ATS application.

The NIA claimed Siddibapa was involved in identifying and recruiting new members for the IM and he played “a very important role in raising funds for IM and for commission of terrorist acts in India with an intention to wage war against Government of India”.

Siddibapa is presently lodged in Rohini jail in Delhi. Designated MCOCA judge VV Patil directed the jail authority to hand over the custody to the state ATS. The court also directed the ATS to produce him before the court.


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