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Suspected Indian Mujahideen operative involved in 2008 Delhi blasts sent to preventive custody

Wednesday, 28 May 2014 - 6:01pm IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: PTI

Suspected Indian Mujahideen (IM) operative Faizan Ahmed Sultan, who was arrested early this month after being deported from Sharjah, was today remanded in police custody till June 2 by a court here in connection with a 2008 Delhi serial blasts case.

Additional Sessions Judge Daya Prakash sent Sultan to police custody for five days after the special cell of Delhi Police said he was required to be interrogated in connection with the serial blasts case.

55-year-old Sultan was earlier arrested here by National Investigation Agency (NIA) in connection with a separate case of waging war against the country.

The special cell had recently chargesheeted 29 suspected top IM operatives, including its co-founders Yasin Bhatkal, Riyaz Bhatkal and Iqbal Bhatkal, in two separate cases of September 13, 2008 serial blasts here.

These 29 accused were chargesheeted for various offences punishable under the IPC, Explosive Substances Act, Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and Information Technology Act.

Out of the 29 accused, 16 accused, including Yasin Bhatkal and his close aide Asadullah Akhtar, have been arrested by the probe agencies while 11 others are absconding.

Two of the chargesheeted accused -- Mohd Atif Ameen and Mohd Sajid -- were shot dead by the special cell in the September 19, 2008 Batla House encounter.

13 suspected members of IM are facing trial in cases of September 2008 Delhi serial blasts that had claimed 26 lives and left 135 people injured.

Five cases were lodged in connection with the blasts at Gaffar Market in Karol Bagh, Barakhamba Road in Connaught Place, M-Block Market in Greater Kailash and recovery of a bomb near India Gate.

All the five cases were clubbed by the trial court for the purpose of framing of charges and trial, saying, "They arise from the series of the same transaction."

The 13 accused facing trial in the case are Mohd Shakeel, Mohd Saif, Zeeshan Ahmed, Zia-ur-Rehman, Saquib Nisar, Mohd Sadique, Kayamuddin Kapadia, Mohd Hakim, Mohd Mansoor Ashgar Peerbhoy, Mubin Kadar Sheikh, Asif Bashiruddin, Mohd Akbar Ismail Chaudhary and Shahzad Ahmed.

Their trial is going on and over 200 prosecution witnesses have been examined till date.

NIA had arrested Sultan on May 2 at the Indira Gandhi International Airport here in connection with a case lodged in 2012 relating to the larger conspiracy of IM operatives to wage war against the country by carrying out various terror strikes in India.

According to the NIA, he was wanted in various cases in India for allegedly conspiring for waging war against the country, raising funds for terrorist acts and recruitment of persons for the banned terror group.

An Interpol Red Corner notice was issued against him to secure his provisional arrest in Sharjah.

Sultan, a resident of Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh, had gone to Pakistan on a fake passport and had undergone arms training there, the NIA had said.

NIA had said that Sultan was being probed for allegedly having harboured other absconding IM operatives and providing assistance to the banned terror group by raising funds from Gulf countries.

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