Mumbai Police have registered a case against alleged Indian Mujahideen (IM) terrorist Anwar Abdulgani Bagwan for attempting to escape from JJ hospital, where he was brought for a medical checkup earlier this week. Bagwan is lodged in Taloja Jail and is one of the 21 alleged IM operatives charged with planning and executing bomb blasts across the country since 2005. He is facing trial at the Special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) Court.
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According to the police, Bagwan was brought to the state-run JJ hospital on November 16 after he complained of medical complications. While his tests were underway, Bagwan came up with an excuse and tried to flee from the hospital premises. However, his escorts managed to trail Bagwan and nab him.
“Escorts were present with him, but Bagwan still managed to flee. Sensing something was amiss, the escorts started to search for Bagwan. They chased him for almost 500 meters before nabbing him,” said an official on condition of anonymity. Assistant Commissioner of Police, Dongri division, MG Pote, confirmed the developments and said that a case has been registered against Bagwan under sections of the Indian Penal Code for trying to flee from custody.
This is the second time when an IM operative has tried to flee from custody. In September 2013, another alleged IM operative, Afzal Usmani, fled from the sessions court premises where he was produced for a hearing. After over a month-long search, Usani was re-captured from Uttar Pradesh. Like Bagwan, Usmani too was lodged at the Taloja jail on the outskirts of Mumbai.