Kanpur blast accused arrested in Mumbai

The Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) of the Maharashtra police today arrested one of the main accused in the 2000 Kanpur bomb blast.

Updated: Feb 25, 2011, 23:34 PM IST

Mumbai: The Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) of
the Maharashtra police today arrested one of the main accused
in the 2000 Kanpur bomb blast.

ATS sleuths said that they had received a tip-off that
the accused Mohammed Asar Mohammed Haroon Siddiqui (37) was
residing in Nalasopara on the outskirts of the city.

"After we received the tip-off, we kept Siddiqui under
observation before arresting him," said a senior ATS official.

Siddiqui was arrested from outside a shopping centre at
Nalasopara. It was a joint operation conducted with the Uttar
Pradesh Police, according to officials.

Siddiqui, a native of Rae Bareli in Uttar Pradesh, was
staying in Mumbai since 2001. He stayed at Dharavi for first
few years before shifting to Meera Road and then to Nalasopara
in the neighbouring Thane district.

"Siddiqui, a web designer by profession, is an accused
in the 2000 Kanpur blast which was conducted by SIMI and
Hisbul Mujahidden", said an official.

He will be produced before a local court here on Saturday
where the UP Police would request for his transit remand.

PTI