14-day judicial custody for Mecca Masjid blast suspects



Hyderabad: A court here today remanded two suspects in the Mecca Masjid blast to 14 days of judicial custody after the CBI brought them to the city from Ajmer for investigation into the case.

Devender Gupta and Lokesh Sharma, allegedly linked with Hindu outfits, were arrested by Rajasthan Police in connection with the 2007 Ajmer blasts.

The CBI probing the Mecca Masjid blast, in which nine persons were killed on May 18, 2007, had registered a case under various sections of IPC and Unlawful Activities Prevention Act against unidentified persons.

The Central Bureau of Investigation is also probing the recovery of an unexploded bomb inside the Masjid premises.

During the investigation, the role of Sandeep Dange, Ramchandar K -- both natives of Indore -- Devendra Gupta and Lokesh Sharma emerged, the CBI had told the XIV Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's Court last week.

It also sought the court's permission to add the names of Gupta and Sharma in the FIR for conducting further probe.

Out of the four accused, first two are absconding while Gupta and Sharma were brought here on production warrants amid heavy security in and around the Nampally court premises.

The CBI through their interrogation want to establish the conspiracy angle behind the blasts at Mecca Masjid and also to know the whereabouts of other accused.

The duo will be subjected to a Test Identification Parade and the CBI is likely to move court tomorrow for seeking their police remand, official sources said.

-PTI