A magistrate court handed over the custody of Haroon Rashid Abdul Hamid Naik,an accused in the 13/7 serial blasts in the city,to the Maharashtra Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) on Wednesday. This is the fourth arrest made in the case by the ATS.
Naik,who has been behind bars since last August in a fake currency case,has been accused of aiding co-accused Naqi Ahmed Wasi Ahmed Sheikh and Nadeem Akhtar Ashfaq Sheikh in carrying out the blasts.
Naik has already confessed to his crime and has agreed that he aided his co-accused by providing funds through Hawala channel, the ATS told the court. Naik has been remanded in police custody till February 10.
According to the ATS,Naik is a member of the terrorist outfit Indian Mujahideen. The ATS also told the court that Naik had direct links with another arrested accused in the case,Kanwarchand Nain Pathreja,who was picked up from Delhi on Monday.
All the accused in the case have been booked under several sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act along with several sections of the Indian Penal Code and Explosives Act.
Naik,according to ATS,had travelled to Pakistan on a Nepali passport in 2005 and had allegedly undergone arms training from absconding accused Yasin Ahmed Siddibappa alias Yasin Bhatkal.
A copy of the remand application produced in court by the ATS,which was accessed by Newsline,stated that while working in Saudi Arabia,Naik had transferred money to Bhatkal through hawala transactions.
We need to establish the link through which money was transferred and how Naik kept in touch with Bhatkal, the ATS told the court while seeking his remand.