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Simi activist to to be in custody, no proof yet to prove blast link

The Mazgaon magistrate court on Friday extended the police custody of Asrar Ahmed Abdul Hamid Tailor alias Sagri an alleged member of the banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) and Indian Mujahideen (IM).

mumbai Updated: Sep 24, 2011 01:06 IST
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The Mazgaon magistrate court on Friday extended the police custody of Asrar Ahmed Abdul Hamid Tailor alias Sagri an alleged member of the banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) and Indian Mujahideen (IM). The state Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) has also sought the help of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to probe the matter further.

Tailor, 41, was arrested on September 12 for allegedly distributing counterfeit currency in connection with a fake currency racket which the ATS is investigating. The magistrate court extended Tailor’s police custody till October 3. Special public prosecutor Rohini Salian argued that the 30 fake currency notes of Rs1,000 denomination, which were seized from Asrar at the time of his arrest, were printed in Pakistan.

“Two years ago, the NIA had discovered that the notes were printed in the neighbouring hostile country, which was part of a larger racket to destabilise the country’s economy with intention to abet terrorist activities,” said Salian. According to the remand application, Tailor was a recruiter who allegedly sent several youths to Pakistan for terror training.

Advocate Sharif Shaikh, who appeared for Tailor, said that if the fake currency found with Tailor was made in Pakistan, then the ATS ought to have revealed the connection before.

“Tailor has been subjected to 12 days of police custody and there is no need for an extension,” said Shaikh.

Earlier, the ATS had also arrested Tailor’s companion Haroon Rashid Abdul Hamid Naik, 33, an alleged IM and SIMI operative. He was sent to judicial custody.