‘Most-wanted’ Tauqeer ‘media hype’,say cops; out of IM chargesheet

Abdus Subhan Qureshi alias Tauqeer,the alleged Indian Mujahideen operative named by investigators among the country’s most wanted terrorist masterminds...

Written by Sagnik Chowdhury | Mumbai | Published:February 19, 2009 1:41 am

Abdus Subhan Qureshi alias Tauqeer,the alleged Indian Mujahideen (IM) operative named by investigators among the country’s most wanted terrorist masterminds,does not figure in the 1,800-page chargesheet filed by Mumbai Police in the terror e-mails case on Tuesday.

The police now say his role in the case was a creation of the media.

“Tauqeer did not figure in our investigations so far and that is why he was not named as an accused in the chargesheet filed by us. However,if we get evidence against him at a later stage,we will follow it up. Tauqeer’s role was hyped up unnecessarily by the media,” Assistant Commissioner of Police (Crime Branch) Ashok Duraphe,investigating officer in the case,said.

The chargesheet names 21 arrested suspects and six fugitives including the Bhatkal brothers Riyaz and Iqbal.

Following the receipt of the IM terror e-mails connected with the Ahmedabad and Delhi blasts last year,the Gujarat and Delhi police had agreed they had been sent by Tauqeer. Top Maharashtra ATS officers probing the blasts and e-mails had said the same — adding that Tauqeer,a SIMI office-bearer,was also an expert in assembling improvised explosive devices.

As his name cropped up repeatedly in the investigation,Tauqeer had become the face of the IM. The ATS dug into his background,including his employment records from Datamatics,a direct selling agency of IT giant Wipro. Investigators found he had quit Datamatics in 1998,saying he wanted to take time out to pursue religious matters.

Tauqeer,son of migrants from Rampur in Uttar Pradesh,was born and raised in Mumbai’s Masjid Bunder area. The family shifted to the Naya Nagar area of Mira Road in 2006. Tauqeer completed Class 10 from Antonio D’Souza High School in Dadar in 1988,and then acquired diplomas in electronics and software applications from a training institute in Marol. According to ATS sources,he came under the radar after he was named by several of those arrested in the July 11,2006 train bombings case. He was,however,not arrested in that case.

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