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Police remand of IM operative Usmani, his nephew extended

PTI | Last Updated: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 - 23:17

Mumbai: A local court on Wednesday extended the police custody of Indian Mujahideen operative Afzal Usmani and his nephew Javed Khan till November 11.

The two were produced before a Magistrate`s Court after the expiry of their police remand in the case related to Usmani`s escape.

The court extended the custody of Usmani, an accused in 2008 Ahmedabad bomb blasts, and his nephew after Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) of Maharashtra Police said they have to conduct further investigation into the September episode.

Usmani was re-captured from outside a railway station in Uttar Pradesh while he was preparing to cross-over to Nepal on October 27, over a month after he escaped from a Mumbai Court.

The incident took place on September 20 when the 37-year-old terror suspect was brought to Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) Court along with 18 others from Taloja Central Jail in Navi Mumbai for appearance in the Ahmedabad bomb blasts case.

Usmani later met Javed (19), who resided in suburban Dharavi. Javed, son of Usmani`s sister, arranged Rs 5,000 and the duo left for Uttar Pradesh via Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh.

According to the police, Usmani was involved in stealing four cars which were used to transport explosives to Ahmedabad and Surat. He was also charged with planting bombs.

A series of 21 bomb blasts had rocked Ahmedabad on July 26, 2008, killing 56 people and wounding over 200. Indian Mujahideen had sent e-mails to various TV channels claiming responsibility for the explosions.

Over two dozen unexploded bombs were found at different locations in Surat between July 28 and 30.

First Published: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 - 23:17

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