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Illegal arms factory case: Hearing against Bhatkal on March 15

PTI | Last Updated: Monday, March 3, 2014 - 21:56

New Delhi: A local court will hear on March 15 the case against Indian Mujahideen (IM) co-founder Yasin Bhatkal and his aide, against whom Delhi Police has filed a supplementary charge sheet for allegedly setting up an illegal arms factory here.

Additional Sessions Judge Daya Prakash fixed the case for March 15 when the copy of the charge sheet and other documents filed along with the final report are likely to be provided to advocate M S Khan, who is appearing for Bhatkal and Asadullah Akhtar.

Special Cell of Delhi Police had recently filed charge sheet against Bhatkal and Akhtar in the case alleging that huge quantity of arms and ammunition were recovered from the illegal arms factory.

Both the accused have been named in the charge sheet for offences under various sections of the IPC and under the provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.
The police had earlier filed its charge sheet against 16 accused, including alleged IM operative Quateel Siddiqui who had died inside Pune`s Yerawada central jail in June 8, 2012.

In its supplementary charge sheet, police alleged that Bhatkal and Akhtar had set up the arms manufacturing factory in Meer Vihar area of Nangloi in Outer Delhi for manufacturing arms and ammunition to carry out terrorist activities in Delhi and other parts of the country.

Special Cell had arrested Bhatkal and Akhtar in the case on October 28 last year. It had in November 2011, busted the factory located in Meer Vihar area and several alleged IM suspects were arrested.

An FIR was registered against Bhatkal on November 22, 2011 and later a non-bailable warrant was also issued against him for setting up the factory.
The police had earlier said the weapons manufacturing unit had elaborate equipment like moulding, cutting, assembly drilling and grinding machines besides explosives and rocket launchers.

National Investigation Agency (NIA) had arrested Bhatkal, wanted in over 40 terror cases and carrying a reward of Rs 35 lakh, and Akhtar from the Indo-Nepal border on the night of August 28 last year.

First Published: Monday, March 3, 2014 - 21:56
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