Maharashtra ATS may invoke MCOCA against Pune blast suspect

Last Updated: Saturday, September 18, 2010 - 19:02

Mumbai: Maharashtra ATS may invoke the
stringent MCOCA against the two alleged LeT operatives, one of
them a Pune blast suspect, arrested last week.

Nearly seven months after a powerful blast ripped
through Pune`s German Bakery, the ATS on September 7 nabbed
Mirza Himayat Baig (29), head of LeT operations in
Maharashtra, for his alleged role in the explosion which
killed 17, including foreigners, and wounded 56 others.

His aide Shaikh Lalbaba Mohammed Hussain alias Bilal
(27), an LeT operative who ran a sleeper cell in Nashik and
conducted recce of several key locations, including security
establishments in Maharashtra, was arrested on the same day
under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act for allegedly
plotting terror attacks.

"We are examining all legal options to see if we can
invoke MCOCA against the two," ATS chief Rakesh Maria said.

In order to invoke MCOCA, the police must furnish two
previous charge sheets linking the accused to organised crime

Alleged LeT operative Fayaz Kagzi, Indian Mujahideen
(IM) members Mohammed Ahmed and Mohsin Choudhary are wanted
for the Pune blast and figured in charge sheets in separate
terror-related cases earlier, ATS said.


First Published: Saturday, September 18, 2010 - 19:02

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