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1993 blasts accused got fake passports

Feroz Abdul Rashid, an accused in the 1993 blasts who was arrested on February 7, allegedly travelled abroad using fake passports.

mumbai Updated: Feb 16, 2010 01:25 IST
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Feroz Abdul Rashid, an accused in the 1993 blasts who was arrested on February 7, allegedly travelled abroad using fake passports.

Feroz, alias Hamza, was arrested from Koparkhairane in Navi Mumbai where he was staying under the pseudonym, Ferozuddin Shaikh.

On Monday, the special Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act (TADA) court remanded Hamza in judicial custody until March 2.

Hamza allegedly played a key role in the landing and distributing the ammunition used in the serial blasts.

Although Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) sources said that Hamza had confessed, the accused retracted his confession in court on Monday.

“Feroz told me that the CBI told him to sign papers given to him otherwise they would harass his old parents,” said his lawyer, Farahana Shah.

The CBI said Hamza allegedly got his first passport issued from the Thane regional passport office under the name ‘Hamza Abdul’.

He later got another passport under the name ‘Nepali’ in Kathmandu, Nepal.

“We are verifying the passports that he got issued under fake names.

Once it’s confirmed, we could book him under the Passports Act,” said a CBI officer on condition of anonymity because he is not authorised to speak to the media.

The CBI added that Hamza travelled to Karachi in Pakistan in 1997 and 1999. During his second visit, he was accompanied by a person identified as Humayun.

“We are also ascertaining the consideration [money] Hamza received for the job,” said a CBI officer.