Zee Media Bureau/Himanshu Kapoor
Mumbai: Indian Mujahideen terror group operative Afzal Usmani on Friday escaped from the police custody. Usmani fled while he was being taken to MCOCA court here from Taloja Jail along with 22 others by the Mumbai police.
He was brought to the court for a hearing in his case. A massive search operation has been launched by the police to nab the terror suspect.
Also, two policemen, who were escorting Usmani, has been suspended after the terrorist escaped from the custody. Home Ministry has asked the Mahashtra government to submit a report on how the IM suspect fled.
He is a suspect in the 2008 Ahmedabad blast case. A series of 21 bomb blasts had rocked Ahmedabad on July 26, 2008 in which 56 people were killed and over 200 were wounded. Arrested in 2008 from Uttar Pradesh, Usmani has many terror links. He is car thief who provided stolen vehicles to the operatives to carry out blasts.
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Usmani is also suspected to have supplied cars for attempted bombing in Surat where 26 unexploded bombs were found at different locations.
Indian security agencies recently arrested two other IM operatives - Yasin Bhatkal and Abdul Karim Tunda.
Tunda is a top Lashkar-e-Taiba bomb expert accused of 1997 Delhi bomb blast case. Whereas Bhatkal is involved in "subversive activities" of causing bomb blasts in different parts of India since 2003.