Hyd blasts: NIA granted 4 days’ custody of two IM operatives

Delhi: The NIA has been granted by the court for four days custody of two alleged Indian Mujahideen operatives to further interrogate them in connection with the Hyderabad twin blasts that left 16 dead.

During an in-chamber hearing, District Judge I S Mehta allowed the National Investigation Agency’s (NIA) plea seeking custody of Syed Maqbool and Imran Khan to confront them with another alleged IM operative Obaid-Ur-Rehman, who has been brought from Bangalore Central Jail and is in NIA’s custody till March 20 in connection with the case.

Maqbool and Imran were brought from Tihar Jail after the court had yesterday issued production warrants against them.Sources said the NIA told the court that they need to confront both Maqbool and Imran with Obaid-Ur-Rehman as some conflicting statements have been given by them during their separate interrogation.

The two were earlier remanded to NIA’s custody for five days by the court during which they were taken to Hyderabad in connection with the blasts.

Rehman was remanded to NIA’s custody on March 13 after the agency had submitted that his custodial interrogation was required to unearth the entire conspiracy which led to the bombings. He was brought from Bangalore jail after the court had issued a production warrant against him.

The sources had said the NIA had told the court that Rehman was a key IM operative and he may give some vital information against the banned group’s members who were involved in the blasts.The NIA had told the court that Maqbool and Imran had revealed some important facts about the blasts.

Maqbool and Imran were lodged in Tihar Jail after their arrest by Delhi Police in the August 2012 Pune blast case. The NIA had told the court that the duo recced Hyderabad’s Dilsukhnagar area where the blasts took place.

The court had also issued non-bailable warrants against IM founder Riyaz Bhatkal and nine other operatives of the banned group in connection with the Hyderabad blasts — Iqbal Bhatkal, Mohsim Chaudhary, Amir Reza Khan, Dr Shahnawaz Alam, Asadullah Akhtar, Ariz Khan, Mohd Khalid, Mirza Shadaab Beg and Mohd Sajid.

The sources said, the NIA had told the judge that the conspiracy behind the Hyderabad blasts was hatched by the IM modules. The NIA said the blasts took place in Hyderabad on the alleged instructions of Riyaz Bhatkal.

Hyd blast: IM men remanded in custody, NIA pulled up by court

The NIA five-day custody of two suspected operatives of banned Indian Mujahideen has been granted by a local court to interrogate them in connection with the February 21 Hyderabad blasts but pulled up the agency for its “casual” approach and unpreparedness.
“You (NIA) come prepared before the court and come with proper citation. Do not come casually in court,” District Judge IS Mehta said when the National Investigation Agency (NIA) was seeking 10 days custody of Syed Maqbool and Imran Khan for their custodial interrogation.

The judge, who granted custody of both the accused to the NIA only till March 05, said, “I had given you (NIA) four days to prepare but still you have come unprepared. Why should I give the custody of the accused to you?”

Maqbool and Khan, lodged in Tihar Jail following their arrest by Delhi police in the August 2012 Pune blast case, were handed over to the NIA for their custodial interrogation after the agency alleged that they had recced Hyderabad’s Dilsukhnagar area last July where the blasts occurred and claimed 16 lives and left 119 injured.

During the arguments, NIA said that they would take both of them to Hyderabad and interrogate them for more clues about the blasts as the ongoing probe points that IM module was behind it.

Advocate Mehmod Pracha, who appeared for both the accused, opposed the NIA’s plea and cited legal provisions saying they cannot be given to the agency for custodial interrogation.

According to the NIA, the blasts took place on alleged instructions of IM’s Pakistan-based founder Riyaz Bhatkal and the duo’s interrogation will help in unearthing the exact plan envisaged by him.

The blasts in Hyderabad were triggered by IEDs planted near Konark and Venkatadiri theatres in Dilsukhnagar area.

The NIA had moved court on February 25 seeking custody of both the accused.

Hyd blast: NIA seeks custody of suspected IM operatives

The National Investigation Agency has moved a Delhi court seeking custody of two alleged operatives of banned terror outfit Indian Mujahideen to interrogate them in connection with the twin blasts in Hyderabad which claimed 16 lives.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) moved a plea before District Judge I S Mehta, who issued production warrants for tomorrow against Syed Maqbool and Imran Khan.

The two are lodged in Tihar Jail under judicial custody after being arrested by the Special Cell of Delhi Police in connection with the August 2012 Pune blasts.

The court has directed the Tihar Jail authorities to produce both the alleged IM operatives before it tomorrow when it will hear the NIA’s plea seeking their custodial interrogation.

According to NIA, Maqbool and Imran had in July, 2012 allegedly recced Hyderabad’s Dilsukhnagar, where the blasts took place, on the instructions of IM’s Pakistan-based founder Riyaz Bhatkal and their interrogation will help them to know the exact plan envisaged by Riyaz.

NIA prosecutor Ahmed Khan said they require the custody of the duo to interrogate them regarding the recent Hyderabad blasts as they are suspected operatives of IM and could give them details and more clues about the executors of the blasts.

On February 21, Hyderabad was rocked by two blasts in the crowded Dilsukhnagar area.

The blasts triggered by Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) took place outside a roadside eatery near Konark and Venkatadiri theatres in the area
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PTI