Ahmedabad: A team of Delhi police on Saturday took custody of alleged mastermind of 2008 serial bomb blasts in Gujarat, Safdar Nagori, who has been lodged in Sabarmati central jail since 2008 in connection with a 13-year-old case.
Confirming the developments, special cell police inspector of Delhi police Shiv Kumar told media that Nagori was wanted by them in a thirteen-year-old case.
"In 2001, a case of unlawful activities had been lodged against him in Delhi.
But since he never turned up during the court proceedings, we came here to take him into custody for further investigation," said Shiv Kumar, who was accompanied by another officer of special cell.
Nagori, who used to be the general secretary of the banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), was arrested by Indore police just a few months ahead of the serial blasts in Gujarat during July 2008.
When his name surfaced during the investigation, Gujarat police took him into custody from Madhya Pradesh and lodged him in Sabarmati jail. Since then, Nagori, alleged to be a close associate of Indian Mujahideen chief Yasin Bhatkal, has been in Sabarmati jail for the six years.
After arriving here, Delhi police approached the city sessions court to acquire Nagpri`s transfer warrant. Later, during the afternoon, Delhi police went to Sabarmati jail and took custody of Nagori after submitting the warrant issued by the sessions court.
However, Nagori can be taken only after the state governement revokes section 268 of Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) imposed on Nagori and all other serial blasts accused lodged here. Section 268 restricts the mobility of a prisoner outside the jail.
A police inspector with Detection of Crime Branch (DCB),
who has been accompanying Delhi police team, said that it is expected that the state government will issue the order to revoke section 268 in a few days.
"It is expected that Delhi police will be able to take Nagori with them on Monday after getting the order. Till that time, he will be questioned in jail," the official said.
Though Delhi police is citing an old case for Nagori`s transfer warrant, sources said that Nagori`s name had surfaced during the interrogation of Yasin Bhatkal and recently-held suspected terrorist Waqas.
As per the recent reports, both of them admitted to have planned blasts across the nation and Nagori has been supervising the whole operation from jail.