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Accused seeks fresh probe into 13/7 blasts

Nadeem Akhtar writes to President,PM.

Claiming that the Maharashtra Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) has wrongly implicated him,an accused in the July 13,2011 Mumbai triple blasts case has written to the President and the Prime Minister seeking a reprobe in the case.

Nadeem Akhtar,then a college student,was picked up in connection with the blasts that killed 27 persons. In the letter,the 25-year-old has sought a probe by the National Investigation Agency.

Lodged at Arthur Road prison in Mumbai,Akhtar has claimed in his letter that he was initially asked to cooperate with Delhi Police Special Cell officers in finding a person named Imran. Akhtar claimed that he and his relative Naquee Ahmed,also an accused in the case,extended full cooperation to the police. However,in January 2012,the ATS arrested them,he wrote.

In the letter dispatched on September 24,Akhtar has claimed that he is ready to undergo polygraph test to prove his innocence. Quoting media reports,Akhtar claimed that the NIA should probe claims made by IM operative Yasin Bhatkal allegedly taking responsibility for the blasts.

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In his letter,Akhtar has also alleged that his confession was taken under duress. “In police custody,ATS officers brutally tortured me and forcefully took my signatures on blank papers,” he wrote.

First published on: 01-10-2013 at 12:46:20 am
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