Failed bombing plot at temple: Siddiqui shows spot,says ATS

The state Anti-Terrorism Squad has claimed that alleged Indian Mujahideen operative Mohammed Qateel Mohammed Jafar Siddiqui has ‘willingly’ confessed that he conducted a recce of the Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati Temple and showed the places he visited,and the spot where he unsuccessfully tried to place a bomb.

Written by Express News Service | Pune | Published:May 12, 2012 4:09 am

The state Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) has claimed that alleged Indian Mujahideen operative Mohammed Qateel Mohammed Jafar Siddiqui has ‘willingly’ confessed that he conducted a recce of the Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati Temple and showed the places he visited,and the spot where he unsuccessfully tried to place a bomb. They said he also showed them the place he had stayed in Pune.

Judicial Magistrate (first class) S S Bose granted police custody to Siddiqui till May 21.

Meanwhile,the ATS also claimed that Siddiqui has told them about the routes he took from his residence to reach Dagdusheth Ganpati Temple. He also reportedly showed the ATS the spot at a flower vendor’s stall near the temple where he had allegedly placed the explosives.

Siddiqui was arrested by Delhi police for his alleged involvement in terror activities. The Pune unit of ATS arrested him on May 2 for allegedly conducting a recce of the Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati Temple and attempting to blow it up on February 13,2010.

On Friday,the ATS team led by Assistant Commissioner Samad Shaikh produced Siddiqui before the magistrate court under heavy security cover,seeking an extension of his custody for further investigation. The ATS submitted before the court that they have recorded the statements of the owner of the house where he lived in Pune. ATS told the court that it was learnt that Siddiqui used to stay out till late night.

Investigation revealed that he resided at the place on rent,but left it all of a sudden. Police have recovered his clothes and other items from the house. ATS also submitted that they have recorded the statements of witnesses about his alleged recce at a flower vendor near the temple.

The ATS also said as the attempt to bomb the temple failed,Siddiqui allegedly went to Mumbai along with the bag carrying explosives in a four-wheeler. Then he took a car on rent for travelling in Mumbai. He went to Delhi later along with Yasin Bhatkal. Siddiqui claims that he dumped the explosives in the sea.

“Investigation is on to trace the vehicles used by the accused. Extension in his custody is also needed to probe his funding sources and know from where he got the material for making the bomb. We are not satisfied with the information about the money he used to get for his activities in Pune,” said assistant public prosecutor A V Ausekar.

Siddiqui’s counsel advocate A Rehman argued there was no need to extend his police custody. Rehman said Siddiqui has been in the custody of investigative agencies for a long time. “He has been falsely implicated based on assumptions,” Rehman said.

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