Terror suspect claims he was ‘abducted’ by ATS

The 2008 Ahmedabad blasts terror e-mail case was investigated by the Mumbai Police’s Crime Branch.

Published:December 14, 2013 2:23 am

Alleged Indian Mujahideen (IM) operative Afzal Mutalib Usmani,who fled from the sessions court premises in September and was subsequently arrested from the Nepal border,has moved an application before the special MCOCA court claiming that he was abducted by Maharashtra Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) officials from the court.

In a handwritten letter in Hindi,Usmani claims that he,along with his nephew,were waiting at the sessions court,when two men from the ATS took him away and asked the guards to tell the court that he had escaped the premises. Those two police escorts are under suspension.

Usmani claimed that the duo were taken to a farmhouse ahead of Kasara Ghat and a confession was demanded from him.

The 2008 Ahmedabad blasts terror e-mail case,that Usmani was first picked up for,was investigated by the Mumbai Police’s Crime Branch. A senior ATS official,who did not wish to be named,said,“This is a tactic to malign us. He is named in a terror case and thus ATS officers played a role. Also,the terror email case is of 2008. Why would we approach him

in 2013?”

ADGP (ATS) Rakesh Maria said declined to comment on the allegations.

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