Mumbai blasts: ATS grills fake currency accused
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Last Updated: Wednesday, September 14, 2011, 18:28
Mumbai: Looking for a breakthrough in the July triple blasts here, the Maharashtra ATS has extensively questioned an alleged Indian Mujahideen (IM) operative arrested in a counterfeit currency case.

"We have grilled Asrar Ahmed about the blasts for long. But nothing much has yielded as of now," said an ATS official.

At least 26 people were killed and several others injured in the triple blasts at Dadar, Opera House and Zaveri Bazaar localities of the city on July 13.

Asrar Ahmed Abdul Hamid Tailor alias Sagri (41), an alleged member of the IM as well as SIMI, was arrested outside Borivali railway station on Monday. The ATS in its remand application claimed that the computer trainer had received terror training in Pakistan.

Asrar's aide Haroon Rashid Abdul Hamid Naik, another suspected IM member, was apprehended earlier this month, in the fake currency case.

A relative of Haroon expressed fear that the ATS may falsely implicate him in the July 13 blasts.

"Haroon is innocent. The ATS senior officials are unwilling to tell us why he was arrested," the relative said.

The ATS has been burning the midnight oil searching for clues in the blasts probe. Though it has not openly stated which terror outfit was responsible for the blasts, the investigating agency suspects that the IM may have triggered the explosions.

The ATS has also claimed that Asrar had confessed to having been involved in the distribution of fake currency notes along with Haroon, to whom he imparted computer training.


First Published: Wednesday, September 14, 2011, 18:28

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