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Five, not three, places were on duo’s terror list: Prosecution

mumbai Updated: Mar 19, 2010 01:49 IST
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Five, and not three, places in the city were on the target list of terror suspect duo Abdul Latif and Riyaz Ali, the prosecution told the court on Thursday.

The Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) arrested Behrampada resident Latif (29) and Dahisar resident Ali (23) on Sunday for allegedly conspiring to give shape to a series of sabotages at the instance of their handlers in Pakistan.

As per the revelations made by ATS chief K.P. Raguvanshi, Latif and Ali were to target the ONGC headquarters at Bandra, Mangaldas Market in south Mumbai and Thakkar Mall outside Borivli railway station.

Seeking the duo’s further custodial remand on Thursday, Public Prosecutor S.P. More informed the court that two more places were on their terror list.

“There were five places written in the remand application, including the ONGC headquarters, Mangaldas Market and Thakkar Mall,” More told Hindustan Times. But he refused to name the other two locations.

The court extended their ATS custody until March 26.

“Does a terrorist live in a house made of wood?” Latif’s wife Mushrad Bano asked reporters outside the court.

She said her husband has been working at Crawford Market for last 10 years and earns Rs 200 a day. “Go and ask anybody over there [about him],” she said.

Bano stressed that her husband was born in Mumbai and is “very much an Indian”. “Are we from Pakistan?” she asked.

She said the ATS picked her husband from his work place on Friday. “They [ATS] did not even know his name. They called him Guddu,” she said.

Latif’s brother Abdul Majid said: “Hum log aise nahin hai. Humein fasaya gaya hai. (We are not like those people. We have been framed).”

Farooq Mapkar, who was acquitted in the 1993 Hari Masjid rioting case, is helping the duo’s families.

Mapkar said the families have not yet got a lawyer for Latif and Ali.