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Joined 2 gyms,visited often

However,just as in the case of the Kumbharwada gym,the accused had not submitted his photograph,” said Maria.

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: January 28, 2012 1:28:07 am

One of the alleged Indian Mujahideen (IM) operatives wanted for the 13/7 serial blasts had not only enrolled in a gym in Kumbharwada,but also took a three-month membership at a gym inside Dagdi Chawl in the Byculla-Saat Rasta area — stronghold of gangster-turned-politician Arun Gawli.

The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad’s (ATS) probe has revealed that one of the wanted bomb-planters in the 13/7 case had paid Rs 3,700 as fees to the gym,and also visited it frequently.

“One of the planters,who is a little over 24 years old,took membership in Gulab Puran Gawli Medical Fitness Centre inside Dagdi Chawl. He had joined from August 10,2011 and took a three-month membership. This is the same person who had enrolled in a gym at Kumbharwada,” ATS chief Rakesh Maria said on Friday.

“Usually,membership in this gym is not given without any introduction and verification is on in this regard. We have seized the gym register. There does not appear to be any complicity on the part of the gym,which seems to be genuine. However,just as in the case of the Kumbharwada gym,the accused had not submitted his photograph,” said Maria.

According to the ATS,the gym has a monthly fee of Rs 1,500. The wanted accused had paid Rs 3,500 as fees in addition to an initial entrance charge of Rs 200. While enrolling at both gyms,he had allegedly given an address,which was “more or less the same” as that of the room in Habib Building in Byculla (East),where the 13/7 accused are believed to have stayed.

The ATS is now trying to ascertain the person who had introduced the accused to the gym and those who used the gym during those months.

According to the ATS,arrested accused Naqi Ahmed Wasi Ahmed Sheikh had first enrolled himself as a member of the Mumbadevi Vyayamshala gym in Kumbharwada,and subsequently got the wanted accused enrolled there.

According to the manager of the Kumbharwada gym,Naqi had enrolled in the first week of March last year and the wanted accused joined soon after.

Meanwhile,Maria revealed that Naqi’s brother Taqi Ahmed,who stays in Delhi,has informed the ATS that he would require more time to present himself before the ATS for questioning since he was unwell.

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