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State ATS gets Qateel on transit remand

The Maharashtra Anti Terrorism Squad has been granted transit remand of Mohammed Qateel Siddiqui arrested by the Delhi police earlier for his alleged role in terror blasts.

Written by Express News Service | Published: May 3, 2012 4:09:57 am

The Maharashtra Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) has been granted transit remand of Mohammed Qateel Siddiqui arrested by the Delhi police earlier for his alleged role in terror blasts. The state ATS is probing his suspected role in a foiled bid to trigger an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) at Dagdusheth Halwai Temple in Pune,on the day of the German Bakery blast on February 13,2010.

The Maharashtra ATS had sought custody of Siddiqui,a resident of Darbanga in Bihar,to probe his involvement in the attempt to plant an IED at the temple.

Siddiqui,an alleged Indian Mujahideen (IM) operative,was arrested by the special cell of Delhi police last year and has been in custody of the Delhi police for investigation into suspected involvement in terror strikes. A special court on Delhi on Tuesday granted the Maharashtra ATS transit remand of Siddiqui.

Deputy inspector general with the ATS,Sanjeev Latkar,told Newsline,“He will be produced in court on Thursday. We will seek his custody for investigation.”

The ATS had earlier said that Siddiqui was suspected to have placed a bag containing IED at a flower vendor’s stall outside the temple. The vendor reportedly saw it and asked him to take it back,which resulted in an argument between the two. ATS sources said that Siddiqui left the premises with the IED,as there was police deployed around the temple.

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