The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS),Pune,on Thursday produced Mohammad Qateel Mohammad Jafir Siddiqui before a magistrate court that granted his custody to ATS till May 11.
The ATS had sought his remand in order to investigate his alleged role in planting a bomb outside Shrimant Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati Temple.
Siddiqui replied in negative when the judge asked him whether he had faced any problems with the police.
Assistant Commissioner of Police (ATS) Samad Shaikh is investigating the case. Seeking 14-day custody,assistant public prosecutor A V Ausekar said Siddiqui is a close aide of Yasin Bhatkal alias Yasin Ahmed Siddhibappa who runs the two banned organisations IM and Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI).
Ausekar said the court has the authority to grant 30-day custody to ATS,but the ATS at present requires only 14-day custody. “The ATS wants to investigate as to from where Siddiqui procured the explosives for the bomb,where did he assemble the bomb,where exactly had he placed the bomb outside Dagdusheth Ganpati temple and to interrogate about the whereabouts of other absconding accomplices,” Ausekar told the court.
Advocates A Rehman and Kaynat Ali Shaikh,who represented Siddiqui,opposed the remand application. Rehman said Siddiqui was arrested by the Delhi police in December last year and has been in their custody since then. The Maharashtra ATS had gone to Delhi to interrogate him about his alleged role in the German Bakery blast and Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati attempted blast. “The ATS has failed to produce any prima facie evidence to prove that Siddiqui is a member of IM or SIMI,” Rehman told the court adding that his custody was not required for investigating the case.
Even as the six absconding accused mentioned in the chargesheet against Mirza Himayat Inayat Baig does not include Siddiqui,the Maharashtra ATS had sought Siddiqui’s custody from Delhi police in February this year stating that they wanted to interrogate about his alleged role in the German Bakery blast. However,when Siddiqui was brought to the court on Thursday,the ATS only mentioned about his role in the Dagdusheth Halwai Ganapati attempted blast and not the Bakery blast.