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Court allows ATS to conduct identification parade of Siddiqui

The Magistrate court allowed the ATS to conduct the identification parade of Siddiqui,who had allegedly planted a bomb outside Shrimant Dagdusheth Halwai Ganapti temple.

After keeping Mohammad Qateel Mohammad Jafir Siddiqui in their custody for 25 days,the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) filed an application in the magistrate Court seeking to conduct an identification parade of Siddiqui with the help of some witnesses who came forward during investigation. The Magistrate court allowed the ATS to conduct the identification parade of Siddiqui,who had allegedly planted a bomb outside Shrimant Dagdusheth Halwai Ganapti temple.

The ATS filed another application in the court seeking to conceal the names of witnesses who would help in the identification parade. Defence lawyers A Rehman and Kaynat Ali Shaikh objected to the application saying that only witnesses could make such an application. The court will hear arguments of both sides on this application on Tuesday and then pass an order on the same.

Siddiqui was produced before judicial magistrate first class A G Santani on Monday after his police custody expired. The ATS sought his magisterial custody,which was granted by the court. Siddiqui will now be lodged in the Yerawada Central prison.

According to the ATS,Siddiqui and his accomplices,including Yasin Bhatkal would hide in Bihar after committing a crime. Investigating officer Samad Shaikh said,“We have sent a team to Bihar and search is on to find the absconding accused persons.” Shaikh had claimed in the remand application that Siddiqui was a member of Indian Mujahideen (IM) and was in contact with members of Lashkar-E-Toiba.

The Delhi police arrested Siddiqui along with five others in December 2011 in connection with various blasts in the country. Siddiqui had reportedly confessed to the Delhi police that on February 13,2010 — the same day of German Bakery blast — he had planted a bomb outside Dagdusheth Halwai Ganapati temple,but the plan had failed after an alert flower vendor asked him to take his ‘forgotten’ bag with him.

Following this confession,Siddiqui was handed over to Maharashtra ATS,Pune unit for further investigation. Dinesh Kadam,police inspector (ATS) Mumbai lodged a complaint against Siddiqui under Sections 120 (B) (criminal conspiracy),153 (A) (Promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion,race,place of birth,residence,language),156 (committing benefit for the benefit of or on behalf of any other person) of the IPC and various secton of Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Ordinance,2004.

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