Mumbai: Maharashtra ATS probing the 13/7
Mumbai triple blasts case has invoked the stringent provisions
of Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) against
the four arrested accused.
Three blasts had taken place within minutes of each other
at Zaveri Bazaar, Opera House and Dadar on July 13 last year
killing 27 persons and injuring several others.
The accused Naquee Ahmed, Nadeem Sheikh, Kanwar Pathrija
and Haroon Naik were arrested by ATS for their alleged
involvement in the blasts and are in judicial custody.
According to ATS, the blasts were allegedly carried
out by terror outfit Indian Mujahideen (IM) in which its top
operative Yasin Bhatkal was directly involved. Bhatkal is
The investigating agency had earlier told the
magistrate`s court while seeking the accused person’s custody that
Pathrija had sent Rs ten lakh to Bhatkal through `hawala`
channels to carry out the blasts. Pathrija was alleged to have
received the money from Saudi Arabia.
According to the agency, one of the accused Nadeem Sheikh
has, in a confessional statement recorded by a magistrate,
admitted to the alleged offence.