AP CID seeks custody of former SIMI head

Andhra Pradesh CID on Wednesday filed a petition seeking 10-day police custody of Syed Salahuddin Salar, an accused in the 2002 Sai Baba Temple blast case, at a court here.

Last Updated: Jul 21, 2011, 00:08 AM IST

Hyderabad: Andhra Pradesh CID on Wednesday filed a
petition seeking 10-day police custody of Syed Salahuddin
Salar, an accused in the 2002 Sai Baba Temple blast case, at a
court here.

The Fifth Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate court
after hearing the arguments from the prosecution side posted
the matter for tomorrow.

The defence, in the meanwhile requested the judge towards
handing over a copy of the police custody to enable them to
file a counter.

A senior police officer told PTI, through the custody,
they wanted to interrogate Salar thoroughly with regard to his
involvement in the Sai Baba temple blast case and on the role
of other accused in the explosion.

Salar, a former All India President of the banned
Student`s Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), had been
absconding since the explosion that killed two persons and
injured 22 others after an IED was detonated at the Sai Baba
temple on November 21, 2002.

Salar`s name had figured in the confession of an accused
who was earlier arrested in the blast case. Salar was deported
from Dubai last month and was arrested by the Madhya Pradesh
Police and taken to Ujjain.

AP CID officials had brought Salar on prisoner transit
warrant in connection with the temple blast case.

Two alleged Lashkar-e-Taiba operatives, Syed Aziz and
Mohd Azam, who "played" a key role in carrying out the blast
at the temple were later killed in separate encounters with
the police.

PTI