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The security in-charge of the Gujarat High Court, who was recently arrested on charges of rape of a Lieutenant Colonel, has reportedly told the Ahmedabad Crime Branch that it was he who planted two crude bombs in the court premises during the Assembly elections last month.
Crime Branch officials said inspector F M Qureshi told them during interrogation that he planted the bombs a day after letters threatening to blow up all the courts in Ahmedabad were received by various courts.
He reportedly did so in order to "recover" bombs so that he could earn appreciation and improve his service record as he knew that the Army officer had decided to file a complaint against him.
"During his interrogation in the rape case, Qureshi disclosed he was under pressure and was looking for a cover. So he decided to take the threat letter as an opportunity to plant bombs and then inform the police control room that he had found bombs," said Joint Commissioner of Police Arun Sharma.
The HC and local courts had received a handwritten letter on December 19, which read, "Agar kamal aaya to sare courts ko uda denge. (If lotus — BJP's election symbol — comes to power, then we will blow up all the courts of Ahmedabad)." Sharma said Qureshi assembled the bombs using crackers he had bought on Diwali. Qureshi alerted the police that when he was on duty, he found two crude bombs in the HC lawn.
Qureshi is also facing a domestic violence and harassment case filed by his ex-wife.
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