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Hyderabad police team arrives in Vellore with blast suspect

A police team from Hyderabad on Monday arrived in Vellore with Shahi Rafsan Jani, a suspect in the August 25 blasts...

Written by JAYA MENON | Chennai |
September 11, 2007 1:46:46 am

A police team from Hyderabad on Monday arrived in Vellore with Shahi Rafsan Jani, a suspect in the August 25 blasts, to verify the validity of her passport and other documents relating to her visa.

Jani, a Bangladeshi national, had been picked up by the police in Hyderabad on September 1, soon after the blast, and detained under a passport case. Apparently she had not carried copies of her passport with her when the police nabbed her from the residence of her brother Ridwan Gazi, a prime suspect in the blast case.

A team from the Charminar Police Station in Hyderabad, including Sub-Inspector Sreenivas and two constables, arrived here on Monday with 23-year-old Jani, a second year BA Literature student of Auxilium College in Katapady, Vellore. “The team also verified her passport and found it to be valid,” Vellore DSP Pattabhi said.

The DSP said the Charminar police team informed him that there seemed to be no case against Jani as her passport was valid. Jani was picked up on the suspicion that she could have been an RDX carrier. Her brothers, Ridwan and Irfan Gazi, are suspects in the case and are absconding. The Hyderabad Police released pictures of four Bangladeshis, including that of Ridwan and Irfan.

While the Tamil Nadu Police denied that the Special Investigation Team probing the Hyderabad blasts had sought its assistance in probing the Vellore angle involving Jani, the police here quietly conducted its own investigations early last week after seeing reports of the girl’s arrest in newspapers.

Jani’s passport and student visa details, which were available with the District Police Superintendent’s office that also serves as the Foreign Registry Office, were verified.

The Vellore police were in the process of checking the number of leaves that Jani had taken to leave town between May and August. The Vellore police said Auxillium College principal Ujjam Fathima informed the police that she had gone home during the summer holidays in May when the Mecca Masjid bombing took place on May 18. She took leave again for two days in July and again sought leave for five days after the blast from August 28.

Meanwhile, the Hyderabad police team also visited the house in Vellore where she had stayed. Jani had registered as a foreign national in 2005 when she took admission in the Auxilium College and her student visa was said to be valid up to 2008. Jani stayed in a rented accommodation in Katpady and was said to be “a quiet sort” keeping to herself mostly. Her only visitor was her ailing father, Jainal Abedin Gazi, who was being treated at Christian Medical College Hospital, police said.

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