Sadiq Sheikh, alleged co-founder of terror outfit Indian Mujhahideen, told the special MCOCA court on Thursday that the Mumbai crime branch had forced him to make a statement that the July 11, 2006, train blasts were planned and executed by him and his associates.
The accused in the 7/11 serial blasts have called Sadiq as a defence witness before MCOCA judge Yatin Shinde with regard to the confession made by him in 2008. The confessional statement says IM was responsible for carrying out blasts in the country between 2005 and 2008, including the 2006 train blasts.
During his deposition, Sadiq alleged that when he was in police custody for the 2008 bomb blasts across the country, the officers had forced him to make a confession and he was told to sign papers on which his statement had allegedly been printed.
Sadiq further alleged that during his custody, officials had given him three pages containing ‘a story’ he was told to memorise. “According to the story, the 7/11 serial blasts were conducted by me and other persons whom I had recruited,” Sadiq said.
“They told me to repeat it word for word on camera and also threatened me saying it would save me from torture. According to the story, Atif Amin and I had planned to carry out blasts in Mumbai when we were in Azamgadh. To execute the plan, he convinced Abu Rashid and Dr Shahnawaz, Sajid and Abu Ashif to join me,” Sadiq told the court.
As per the story, they had also taken a flat on rent in Sewri where they assembled the bombs and also subsequently planted them in the targeted trains, Sadiq said.
He further revealed that as per the story they had planted bombs in a pressure cooker purchased from a shop in Sewri. The cookers contained detonators and explosives (arranged by Yasin Bhatkal), timers (brought by him from Azamghadh), which were planted by him along with Amin, Dr Shahnawaz, Sajid and Ashif.
Sadiq said he has never met Riyaz Bhatkal, Atif Amin, Amir Raza and Sajid who are shown wanted in the case. “I don’t know them, have neither spoken to them, nor met them,” Sadiq said. The deposition started on Wednesday and will continue on Friday.