Maharashtra Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) believes that the suicide bomber who blew himself up at Madina in July 2016 and killed four local policemen was none other than terror mastermind Fayaz Kagzi, a resident of Beed in Maharashtra.
The ATS on Tuesday obtained a letter rogatory (letter of request) (LR) from the special MCOCA court in Mumbai. The LR will be to be forwarded to the court concerned in Saudi Arabia for evidence collected by the local investigation agencies to ascertain the identity of the suicide bomber. It has also sought information and documents that were collected during the course of investigation in connection of the suicide blast.
The agency believes that the bomber was Fayaz Kagzi, a resident of Beed, a district headquarter in Marathwada region of Maharashtra. Kagzi is believed to be the mastermind behind many blasts in the state and also the one who recruited the handler for the 26/11 terror attack — Abu Jundal — to the Lashkar-e-Taiba camp.
On July 4, four members of the Saudi security force were killed in a suicide bombing near Prophet Mohammad’s mosque — Al-Haram Al-Nabawi — in Madina. The bomber was identified as a 34-year-old Pakistani national, Abdulla Khan.
The Saudi police later released Khan’s photograph, that the ATS believes bears close resemblance with Kagzi. Now, the ATS had sought permission from the Mumbai MCOCA court to issue a letter rogatory to the Saudi court seeking information to confirm the identity of the suspect .
The agency has sought the DNA profile of the suicide bomber, post-mortem report of Khan, the articles and documents recovered from Khan, photographs and other information collected by the Saudi Arabia authority.
The agency had first approached the court in September and the special MCOCA court judge Shrikant Anekar had issued an LR to the court in Saudi Arabia on September 30 . However, when the LR was forwarded to the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA)by the ATS, some technical errors were found in it. The ministry, in October, returned it to the ATS, seeking a fresh LR.
The ATS then, through special public prosecutor Vaibhav Baghade and Abhijit Mantri, on December 5 approached the special court for a fresh LR with a correction. Allowing the plea, special MCOCA judge V V Patil on Tuesday ordered a fresh LR to the court of Saudi Arabia with all the details required by the agency.
Resident of Beed from Maharashtra – Fayyaz Kagzi, was an Lashkar-e-Taiba operative and had a key role in the 2006 Aurangabad arms haul case, 2010 German Bakery blasts and J M Road serial blasts.
Kagzi was accused of recruiting terrorists from India along with 26/11 handler Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal.
Kagzi’s involvement as an LeT operative surfaced in 2006 Aurangabad Arms haul case, when the accused confessed that he was the one who indoctrinated them to LeT. It was alleged that he had created group with Jundal for terror attack in the state.
One of the convict of Aurangabad Arms Haul case, Mohammed Amir Shakil Ahmed Shaikh has in his confession stated that Kagzi used to radicalized youths by showing CDs and videos of 2002 – 03 Gujarat Riots and videos related to atrocities on Muslims. The confession revealed that Amir, Jundal and Kagzi all had gone to LeT camps in Kashmir for arms training. It was in 2006 only Kagzi had left from India to join LeT in Pakistan through Iran, the confession statement reveals.