ATS Pune to quiz IM operatives

NEW DELHI, May 1: The Anti-Terrorist Squad of Pune was today given by a Delhi court the custody remand of alleged Indian Mujahideen operative Mohammad Qateel Siddiqui to interrogate him for his alleged role in the German Bakery bomb blast in Pune.
Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Vinod Yadav allowed the Pune ATS to take Siddiqui in its custody for a month after the Special Cell of Delhi Police said it has no objection to the same.
Siddiqui, 27, a resident of Darbhanga in Bihar, was arrested by the Delhi police near Anand Vihar bus terminal on November 22 last year.
He was one of the eight alleged IM operatives to have been arrested by the Special Cell for their suspected involvement in various bomb blasts across the country.
The Pune ATS has said Siddiqui had conducted a recce at the Bakery a few days before the blast on February 13, 2010.
Meanwhile, the court also allowed the plea of Hyderabad ATS for a month’s custodial remand of another IM man, Mohammed Tariq Anjum.
Anjum, 31, was arrested from Bihar and is said to be a member of banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI).
Besides Siddiqui and Anjum, the Special Cell had arrested Gohar Aziz Khumani, Mohammed Adil, Abdur Rehman, Mohammed Irshad, Gayur Ahmed Jamali and Aftab Alam, from various places in Delhi, Bihar, Chennai and elsewhere in the country.
Currently in judicial custody, they are allegedly involved in various terror cases, including Pune German Bakery blast, Bangalore’s Chinnaswami Stadium blast, September 2010 Jama Masjid shooting and September 7, 2011 blast at the Delhi High Court. (PTI)