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13/7 blasts: ATS hints at underworld-IM link

Maharashtra anti-terror team files 4,000 page chargesheet, arrests one more.

mumbai Updated: May 26, 2012 01:52 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times

Almost a year after triple bomb blasts shook Mumbai, killing 27 people and injuring 127 others, the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) filed a 4,788-page chargesheet in a special court on Friday. The document hints at a possible association of Mumbai’s underworld with the terrorist outfit Indian Mujahideen (IM).

The agency also announced the arrest of the fifth accused in the case — Mohammed Kafeel Ansari.

The surprise element in the chargesheet, which also mentions the involvement of six key absconding IM operatives including Riyaz Bhatkal and Ahmed Zarar Siddibappa alias Yasin Bhatkal, is the naming of Muzzafar Kola as one of the accused.

According to it, Kola, a native of Bhatkal town in Karnataka, channelled Rs 10 lakh to Yasin Bhatkal through a Delhi-based hawala operator Kanwar Nain Wazirchand Pathrija.

Kola was part of the Dossa Gang that at one point ran the smuggling business for Dawood Ibrahim across the western coastline of the country, said ATS sources.

Ansari, 55, a resident of Darbhanga, Bihar, was arrested for allegedly aiding and abetting the conspirators in the 13/7 blasts case.

ATS chief and additional director general of police Rakesh Maria said the ATS got the transfer custody of Ansari from the Delhi police on May 19. He has been remanded to police custody till May 29.

ATS officials said Ansari was very close to Yasin Bhatkal one of the main leaders of IM.

“Ansari is one of the main conspirators. He knows all the top IM people and is also aware of all the conspiracies and blasts that the IM has orchestrated,” said Maria.

He added Ansari’s arrest would throw more light on the 13/7 conspiracy.

First Published: May 26, 2012 00:30 IST

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