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ATS allows ‘ISIS-inspired’ youth to get psychiatric help

The Chief Metropolitan Magistrate at Sewri court has kept the matter for arguments on November 14.

Mumbai |
November 9, 2014 9:25:52 am

Maharashtra’s Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) has told the court in Sewri that it has no objection to Anis Ansari, who was arrested for allegedly planning to blow up an American school, getting psychiatric help.

The ATS, however, claimed Ansari did not come across as someone who needed psychiatric help and added a condition that he be examined by a board of government medical officers.

Ansari (24) was arrested on October 18 from the office of a multinational company based in SEEPZ, Andheri (east), where he worked. The ATS booked him under sections 120 (B) (criminal conspiracy), 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code and relevant sections of Information Technology Act.

Ansari had allegedly created a fake account on a social networking site and was chatting with his friends about blowing up the American School located in the Bandra-Kurla Complex.

ATS officials claim Ansari confessed during his interrogation that he was inspired by Abu al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

On October 31, Ansari’s lawyers had filed an application seeking psychiatric help for him. According to the plea, Ansari’s family members said he had a behavioral problem and would often talk to himself. The application said he was mentally disturbed and did not have any friends.

The ATS, in its reply, said that following his arrest on October 10, they had conducted medical examinations on Ansari and that he did not come across as mentally unstable.

The Chief Metropolitan Magistrate at Sewri court has kept the matter for arguments on November 14.

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