The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) ruled out the possibility of Haroon Rashid Abdul Naik's involvement in Mumbai 13/7 serial bomb blasts. Haroon was produced before a special ATS court and sent to judicial custody till September 30.
A SIMI activist alleged to have links with home-grown terrorist outfit Indian Mujahideen, 33-year-old Haroon was arrested from a guesthouse in Wadala on August 23 with counterfeit currency worth Rs80,000.
He was then suspected to have links with those who perpetrated the serial blasts in Mumbai. Haroon's police custody ended on Friday, and the special ATS court at Mazagaon remanded him to judicial custody ending speculations of his involvement in the blasts after ATS did not seek for his police custody.
Haroon's alleged aide Asrar Ahmed Abdul Hamid Tailor alias Sagri, who is also an alleged SIMI and IM member, was remanded to police custody till September 20. Tailor allegedly aided Haroon in counterfeiting and distributing fake currency.
Tailor, who was arrested from outside the Borivli station on Monday had taught Haroon to use computers, claimed ATS. Further, according to the remand application, Haroon had sent Tailor to Pakistan to train under terror outfits in the year 2000.
Tailor also has three cases registered against him since 2006, including one case with the ATS. Tailor, according to ATS, is believed to be a trusted confidante of several unknown accused in the case.
They have been booked under the stringent provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act as well as sections 120B (criminal conspiracy), section 489B (using as genuine, forged or counterfeit currency-notes or bank notes), section 489C (possession of forged or counterfeit currency-notes or bank-notes) and section 489E (making or using documents resembling currency-notes or bank notes) of the Indian Penal Code.