CBI probing `93 blasts accused links with terror suspects

CBI is probing alleged links of deported 1993 serial bomb blasts accused Tahir Merchant with two terror suspects, Abdul Latif and Riyaz Ali, facing charges of plotting attack on ONGC Headquarters.

Mumbai: CBI is probing alleged links of
deported 1993 serial bomb blasts accused Tahir Merchant with
two terror suspects, Abdul Latif and Riyaz Ali, facing charges
of plotting attack on ONGC Headquarters and two prominent
markets in the city.

The investigating agency started probing this angle
after the arrest of Tahir Merchant, a close aide of prime
accused in the 1993 blasts case Tiger Memon, yesterday
following his deportation from Abu Dhabi.
According to the CBI, Latif and Riyaz, who were
arrested by the ATS in March this year, have given "vital
information" regarding Merchant.

"We are seeking help from Anti-Terrorist Squad during
Merchant`s interrogation. Riyaz and Latif are believed to have
been in regular touch with several persons in Pakistan,
including one who was referred to as `Uncle`. We will jointly
try to ascertain the identity of these persons," a CBI
official said.

According to ATS, `Uncle` is suspected to be Bashir
Khan, also a close aide of Memon and an absconding accused in
the 1993 blasts case.

PTI

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