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Peerbhoy is being framed,says mother

The mother of Mansoor Asghar Peerbhoy,the techie who is alleged to be the head of the Indian Mujahideen’s media cell,has said her son was not in Mumbai on September 13,when serial blasts rocked the Capital,and that he was at home.

Written by Neeraj Chauhan | New Delhi |
March 17, 2009 11:46:43 pm

The mother of Mansoor Asghar Peerbhoy,the techie who is alleged to be the head of the Indian Mujahideen’s (IM) media cell,has said her son was not in Mumbai on September 13,when serial blasts rocked the Capital,and that he was at home.

Fatima (name changed) was in the Capital last week to meet Peerbhoy while he was in Special Cell custody. Speaking to Newsline,she said: “He is innocent. He is a very sincere person who works hard and is of a reserved nature. We are shocked about whatever happened but he is being framed.”

During investigations into last year’s blasts in Delhi,the Special Cell and Mumbai police found that Peerbhoy,a computer expert,had sent “terror emails” to news channels from an unsecured Wi-Fi connection in Mumbai. Special Cell officers said Peerbhoy had come to Mumbai on September 13 in the morning and was in the city that day. Sources said he had sent the email at 6.20 pm from Mumbai but Fatima said: “It was the month of Ramzan. I remember he was very much at home on that day and he did not go anywhere.”

Delhi Police officers,however,said his presence in Mumbai has been established through records found on his laptop,which was used to send the email. The police are now going to file a supplementary chargesheet against him in connection with the Delhi blasts. The Special Cell has taken him to Mumbai,Pune and a few other places in the last 14 days to verify all places he has been to.

“He is missing everybody — his six month-old son,two-year-old daughter,wife and everybody else. We all are missing him too. We just want that he gets justice and returns home soon. If something like that ever happened,I would have known because I am his mother,” Fatima said.

Fatima alleged the Mumbai,Gujarat and Delhi polices never informed her about Peerbhoy being taken into custody. “We came to know through the media recently that he was being taken to Delhi,so I came here to meet him,” she said.

The Delhi Police has,meanwhile,interrogated him at length in the last 14 days and sources said he was asked by IM leaders on September 11 to send the email on September 13. M S Khan,Peerbhoy’s counsel,however,said: “He was not aware of the timings of the planting of bombs by Atif Amin’s module in Delhi and he had also never met or seen Atif

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