The special Anti-Terrorism Squad court on Monday remanded Afzal Usmani and his nephew Javed Khan in police custody till November 6.
After the two were produced before the court, the prosecution sought permission to allow officials to put handcuffs on the two whenever they would be required to be taken to the court.
Public prosecutor advocate AS Patel said, “Usmani, an accused in the Ahmedabad 2008 blasts case, had fled from the court’s premises on September 20. The ATS officials were successful in nabbing him from the Nepal border along with his nephew Javed.”
Patel informed the court that the agency has seven grounds for seeking their custody. “The ATS arrested both the accused from Nepal border. There is a possibility that the accused could have joined hands with any other enemy country and could have planned an attack on India. Hence, the ATS wants to know whom all did the accused meet. The accused was found in possession of Nepalese currency notes as well as a driving licence receipt with a bogus name. Therefore, the agency wants to investigate the route through which Usmani got the Nepalese currency.”
The ATS had slapped charges under Sections 224 (resistance or obstruction by a person to his lawful apprehension), 216 (harboring offender who has escaped from custody or whose apprehension has been ordered ), 467 (forgery of valuable security, will etc.), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), 34 (common intention) and 420 (cheating) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
After going through the remand application, the court remanded the two in police custody till November 6.