The Pune German Bakery blast probe has led the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) to Gujarat.
A team of the ATS’ Pune unit questioned six Indian Mujahideen (IM) operatives lodged at Ahmedabad’s Sabarmati jail in connection with the February 13 blast on Tuesday.
The team questioned Akbar Chaudhari, Anik Saiyeed, Asif Shaikh, Sajjad Rehman, Mobin Shaikh and Ahmed Bawa of the banned terror outfit after getting permission from Ahmed-abad’s special judge Bela Trivedi.
The ATS team was armed with CCTV footage from the German Bakery, which captured the image of the planters of the bomb that killed 17 people, and sketches of suspects, sources said. The team questioned each of the six IM operatives individually inside the jail.
“The questioning went on for more than five hours,” a Gujarat police official told HT, on condition of anonymity.
Chaudhari’s brother Moshin — also an alleged IM operative on the run — is one of the prime suspects in the case.
V. Chandrashekhar, superintendent of Sabarmati jail, confirmed that the ATS team had questioned the six IM operatives.
The six IM operatives are amongst more than 20 arrested by the Mumbai crime branch in October 2008 in connection with serial blasts in different parts of the country that year. Later, the Ahmedabad police arrested the six IM men for their alleged involvement in the July 2008 blasts in Ahmedabad.