NIA moves Delhi court for custody of two IM suspects
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The National Investigation Agency Monday moved a Delhi court to seek custody of alleged Indian Mujahideen suspects Syed Maqbool and Imran Khan. The move is being made to question him on his role in the Hyderabad twin blasts and his links with IM founders Riyaz Bhatkal and Yasin Bhatkal.
More than three months ago Maqbool had disclosed that he along with his associates had conducted a recce of Dilsukhnagar. The NIA Monday gave a detailed report on its findings to Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde.
In its plea before a Delhi court, NIA claimed, "During the initial investigative leads from the scene of offence, the role of IM cadres is being suspected as the pattern is similar to previous blasts carried out by the group. Since a previous recce was done by IM cadres, it is reasonably suspected that the arrested cadres of the outfit, Khan and Maqbool, have knowledge of the larger conspiracy which led to the blasts."
Maqbool is presently in Tihar jail and will be brought before the Delhi court on February 27. Khan, a resident of Nanded, was arrested by the Delhi Police after the Pune blasts in October, 2012. The two had claimed to have conducted recce of Begum Bazaar and Abids in Hyderabad on a motorcycle in July 2012 on the instructions of IM co-founder Riyaz Bhatkal.
The Andhra Pradesh police had also questioned them in New Delhi in connection with their disclosure. NIA is probing the larger-conspiracy involving Riyaz, Iqbal and Yasin Bhatkal and have so far arrested two accused, Danish and Farooq.
Both suspects are alleged to have stayed with Yasin at Darbhanga between 2010-11 and were trained by Yasin, Daniyal and Waqas, believed to be the key links into several terror plots between 2010-11. The NIA has also managed to identify Daniyal as Asadullah Akhtar, a native of Azamgarh, whose name first cropped up after the 2008 Jama Masjid shoot out in New Delhi.
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