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ATS: IM operative arrested in Jaipur played key role in J M Road blasts

Four terror suspects wanted for Pune and Mumbai blasts. (File) Four terror suspects wanted for Pune and Mumbai blasts. (File)
Express News Service | Pune | Posted: March 24, 2014 2:06 am

Alleged Indian Mujahideen (IM) operative Zia-Ur-Rahman alias Waqas — a Pakistan national and an expert in bomb-making who was on Sunday arrested by Delhi special cell from Jaipur along with three others — played a key role in the August 2012 J M Road blasts, said the Maharashtra ATS.  He had allegedly stayed in Loni in Nagar district in 2012 to hatch the conspiracy.

The three arrested along with Waqas are Mohammad Mahroof, Mohammad Waqar Azhar and Saqib Ansari. A huge quantity of explosives, detonators and timers were recovered from them, police said.

The Delhi police special cell had in connection with the J M Road blasts arrested Imran Khan Pathan of Nanded, Irfan Mushtaq Landge (32) of Ahmednagar, Asad Khan Jamshedali Khan (33) of Aurangabad and Firoz alias Humza Abdul Hameed Sayyed (38), resident of Shukrawar Peth in Pune, between September 26 and October 9, 2012.

Investigations revealed their involvement in J M Road blasts, ostensibly meant for taking revenge of alleged IM operative Qateel Siddiqui’s murder by gangster Sharad Mohol in Pune’s Yerawada jail on June 6, 2012. During further investigation, Maharashtra ATS arrested four more suspects. ATS filed a chargesheet against the suspects on May 1, 2013.

On top IM operative Riyaz Bhatkal’s instructions, Irfan and Firoz used bogus identities to rent a room at Loni in Nagar district for their accomplices. Bhatkal’s close aides Shakir alias Asadullah Akhtar, who was arrested with Yasin Bhatkal and Waqas, stayed in his house between February and April 2012.

According to the chargesheet filed by Maharashtra ATS, Waqas also accompanied Feroz while purchasing bicycles from Pune market on August 1 for planting the bombs. They placed six bombs on J M Road, which are suspected to have exploded with low intensity due to rains. According to investigators, Waqas is an expert in building electrical circuits for IEDs. He is also known to have trained several other terror suspects in bomb-making.

A senior Maharashtra ATS official said they would ask for Waqas’ custody after the interrogation by Delhi police and other central investigating agencies is over.

EXPRESS NEWS SERVICE
PUNE, MARCH 23

ALLEGED Indian Mujahideen (IM) operative Zia-Ur-Rahman alias Waqas — a Pakistan national and an expert in bomb-making who was on Sunday arrested by Delhi special cell from Jaipur along with three others — played a key role in the August 2012 J M Road blasts, said the Maharashtra ATS.  He had allegedly stayed in Loni in Nagar district in 2012 to hatch the conspiracy.
The three arrested along with Waqas are Mohammad Mahroof, Mohammad Waqar Azhar and Saqib Ansari. A huge quantity of explosives, detonators and timers were recovered from them, police said.
The Delhi police special cell had in connection with the J M Road blasts arrested Imran Khan Pathan of Nanded, Irfan Mushtaq Landge (32) of Ahmednagar, Asad Khan Jamshedali Khan (33) of Aurangabad and Firoz alias Humza continued…

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