The anti-terrorism squad (ATS) of the Maharashtra Police on Monday claimed to have cracked the triple blasts case of July 13, 2011 here with the arrest of two suspected operatives of terror outfit Indian Mujahideen (IM).The blasts had killed 27 people and left more than 130 injured. ATS chief Rakesh Maria told mediapersons that the two men — Naquee Ahmed, 22, and Nadeem Akhtar Sheikh, 23, were members of IM’s module in Darbhanga, Bihar.
They have been booked for murder, conspiracy and using banned explosives.
In Delhi, central intelligence and police officers said the arrests by the Mumbai police had botched up their joint effort to catch more important IM members with Naquee’s help.
“He was an important link to (IM mastermind) Yasin Bhatkal and two Pakistani associates, Waqas and Tabrez, who executed the serial blasts in Mumbai and the blast outside the Delhi high court in September,” a Delhi Police officer complained.
Bhatkal and those who planted the bombs at Mumbai’s Zaveri Bazaar, Opera House and Dadar are still absconding.
Maria said the police had applied for transfer of custody of a third accused, Haroon Rashid Naik (33) of Mumbra, who is alleged to have been the financial brain behind the blasts and is in jail since his arrest in August 2011 in a fake currency racket case.
Releasing a fresh photograph of Bhatkal, Maria said he had given Naquee Rs 1.5 lakh to carry out the blasts and had called Nadeem to New Delhi and given him a cloth packet containing detonators and explosives. Nadeem passed on the packet to the planters.
“Naquee and Nadeem stole the two scooters used for the blasts at Zaveri Bazaar and Opera House. Naquee provided the SIM cards used by the accused and helped Bhatkal get a room at Habib building in Byculla. He also paid for the room,” Maria said.
“Two others were the planters at Zaveri Bazaar and Opera House. We also have a fair idea of the planter at Dadar,” he added.