‘Man arrested in Nepal has no role in 13/7 blasts’



Kathmandu/Mumbai: Nepal Police have arrested a man suspected of having links with the July 13 Mumbai blasts but Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad ruled out his involvement in the terror attacks.

Nepal's state-run Gorkhapatra daily reported on Tuesday that 40-year-old Mohamad Zahid was arrested yesterday from Baluwatar on the outskirts of Kathmandu and was being questioned by the anti-terrorist police unit.

Zahid, a resident of Sarlahi district of southern Nepal, was allegedly involved in the blasts, the daily said.

However, in Mumbai, ATS chief Rakesh Maria said the arrested man has no role in the bombings that left 24 dead.

He replied "No" to a text message asking if Zahid has any links with the triple blasts.

Another police official said, "If that was the case (that the suspect has links with the blasts), by now we would have been conveyed the message by the Central government."

Meanwhile, the home ministry confirmed that Nepal Police arrested one person and it was being verified whether he has any links with the Mumbai blasts.

Indian government officials are in touch with their Nepali counterparts for more information, a home ministry official said in Delhi.

PTI