Arms supplier from UP arrested in 1993 Mumbai serial blast case
A team of UP Anti-Terrorist Squad, led by inspector Vishwajit Kumar, located Qadeer Ahmed in Kalhedi village in Bijnor after seeking an arrest warrant from a court in Gujarat.india Updated: Jul 08, 2017 18:29 IST
A joint team of Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) and the Gujarat police arrested a man accused of supplying arms and ammunition used in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts on Saturday morning.
Officials are interrogating Qadeer Ahmed, 56, to collect details of people who are in his contact to identify sleeping modules in Bijnor, police said.
A team of UP ATS, led by inspector Vishwajit Kumar, located Qadeer in Kalhedi village and launched the operation with the Gujarat police after seeking an arrest warrant from a court there.
As many as 257 people were killed and over 700 were injured in the serial blasts in Mumbai.
Inspector general, ATS, Asim Arun, said Tiger Memon supplied arms and ammunition for the blasts, which were stored in Jamnagar (Gujarat) in which Qadeer played an important role.
Qadeer will be produced before the Bijnor court for transit remand so that he can be taken to Gujarat for further investigation, Arun added.
This is not the first time when terrorists or their supporters have been arrested from Bijnor. SIMI terrorists Amjad, Zakir, Mehboob and Salik, who were gunned down by the police in Madhya Pradesh while trying to escape after a jailbreak, had their hideout in Bijnor.
They lived in Jatan locality of Bijnor and security agencies came to know about them only after a cylinder bomb blast in September 2014.
The blast took placec while they were making a cylinder bomb. Mehboob sustained serious injuries in the blast but he and his aides managed to escape. NIA and other security agencies identified them through CCTV footage.
They were arrested from Rourkela (Odisha) in February 2016 after dodging the police for over a year.
First Published: Jul 08, 2017 17:31 IST