Police custody of suspected IM operative extended
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Last Updated: Tuesday, September 20, 2011, 18:42
Mumbai: A local court on Tuesday extended till September 23 police custody of Asrar Ahmed Abdul Hamid Tailor, suspected member of Indian Mujahideen (IM), arrested in a fake currency case, after ATS said it wanted to probe his alleged terror links.

The investigating agency said it needed to interrogate Tailor to find out whether money recovered from him was meant for terror attacks. The ATS had seized 30 fake currency notes of Rs 1000 denomination from him when he was arrested.

The ATS today produced Tailor, a computer trainer, before the Mazgaon Magistrate M P Bage, who remanded him in police custody till September 23.

Earlier, Tailor's companion Haroon Rashid Abdul Hamid Naik, also a suspected member of IM, was remanded in judicial custody by the court in the same case.

The duo have also been questioned for their suspected involvement in the serial blasts that had ripped through Dadar, Zaveri Bazaar and Opera House localities of the city on July 13, killing 26 people.

According to the agency, Tailor had confessed to his involvement in distribution of the fake currency notes along with Haroon, to whom he had imparted computer training.

Haroon had also allegedly sent Tailor to Pakistan for terror training in 2000.

The investigating agency told the court that besides Haroon, there were many others, who had been sent to Pakistan for terror training and it wanted to find out from Tailor about them.

Seeking Tailor's custody, ATS said it had recovered provocative literature meant to incite communal passions and indoctrinate youths.

ATS further said it needed Tailor's custody to find out whether he had more such books with him.

Countering the ATS' claim, Tailor's lawyer Sharif Shaikh submitted that the accused had been called by ATS after the July 2006 Mumbai serial train blasts and was detained for several days but nothing emerged out of the investigation.

He further said that in the recent fake currency case, section 15 of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) was wrongly applied.

UAPA is generally invoked in terror attack cases and fake currency seizure is not such a case, Shaikh argued.

Meanwhile, family members of Tailor yesterday met Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan claiming that they feared that he might be falsely implicated in a serious case.

Tailor's father-in-law Mahmood told reporters that he had submitted a representation to Chavan who has assured that he would not be falsely implicated in any case.


First Published: Tuesday, September 20, 2011, 18:42

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