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Train blasts probe: ATS submits case material

Remanding 13 accused to judicial custody till Dec 26, MCOCA court judge Mrudula Bhatkar opened the confessions sent to her by the authorities.

india Updated: Dec 14, 2006 22:32 IST

Paving way for trial to start, a special court on Thursday opened sealed envelopes containing confessions of 11 accused in the July 11 Mumbai train blasts and accepted material submitted by Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) to prove its case.

Remanding 13 accused to judicial custody till December 26, the designated judge of Maharashtra Control of OrganisedCrime Act (MCOCA) Court Mrudula Bhatkar opened the confessions sent to her by the authorities before whom the accused had given their statements.

The court, however, did not read out the confessions, copies of which were given to defence advocates. The contents of the confessions have not been made public yet.

The ATS submitted material they had collected in the case and the court said it would record each of the articles during the next hearing on December 26.

The court will also hear bail applications filed by two of the accused, Ehtesham Siddiqui and Dr Tanveer Ansari, on the same day.

On November 30, ATS filed a 10,667-page chargesheet naming Lashkar-e-Taiba's Pakistan-based leader Azeem Cheema as the prime conspirator.

In all, 187 persons were killed and over 400 injured in blasts on seven commuter trains during evening peak hours at various points in the city.

Those held in judicial custody are Kamal Ansari, Dr Tanvir Ansari, Faisal Shaikh, Ehtesham Siddiqui, Mohammed Shafi, Shaikh Mohammed Ali, Mohammed Ansari, Abdul Wahid Shaikh, Muzammil Shaikh, Soheil Shaikh, Zamir Shaikh, Naved Khan and Asif Khan Bashir Khan alias Junaid.

First Published: Dec 14, 2006 22:32 IST