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Ahmedabad August 20:
The mastermind of the Ahmedabad serial blasts Mufti Abu Bashir has admitted plotting the Ahmedabad blasts, as per the Ahmedabad Crime Branch. His interrogation has given specific details about home grown terror networks in the country, the sources have revealed.
He has also reportedly confessed to being the prime motivator behind Jaipur blasts. He was reportedly in touch with some locals for carrying out the blasts. Some of his Jaipur 'accompalices' have also been detained by the police.
As per unconfirmed reports, Bashir, while admitting his involvement, calmly claimed that mere 75,000 were required for killing 57 people and that the amount was arranged by a SIMI activist by selling his house in Kutch. Police has seized the house and the hunt is on for the original owner, the alleged SIMI donor.
Bashir has also revealed that he was the chief motivator behind the Ahmedabad blasts. Giving details, the former Mufti told his interrogators that he used to motivate Muslim youths by his fiery speeches. He also admitted of attending training camps in Dharwad, Khalol, Khandwa and Vagamon.
Meanwhile, the officials also are looking at the possibility of the same team of men being behind the attacks in Jaipur and Ahmedabad. Bashir, a native of Azamgarh was arrested by the Anti Terrorist Squad of the Uttar Pradesh police was brought to the city on Saturday night on a three-day transit remand.
On Sunday, the city metropolitan court here granted the police 14-day custody of the nine accused arrested in connection with the Ahmedabad serial blasts case. The nine activists of the banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), were arrested on July 26, were produced in the court under tight security. They were arrested along with Mufti Abu Bashir, the alleged mastermind in the Ahmedabad serial blasts.
Metropolitan Magistrate J K Pandya passed the remand order after police sought custody of the activists for interrogation to unravel the conspiracy behind the blasts which claimed 55 lives. Those remanded in custody are Zahid Sheikh, Imran Sheikh, Sajid Mansuri, Iqbal Sheikh, Samsudin Sheikh, Yunus Mansuri, Gyasuddin Ansari, Arif Kadri and Usman Agarbattiwala, all in the age group of 20-25 years.
The police in their submission had asked remand of the accused under various provisions of the IPC which include sections 120(1A) (Waging war against the state), 153(A) (creating rift between two communities), 302 (murder) and 307(attempt to murder).
The accused were also booked under the Explosive Substance Act (sections 3 & 7), Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (sections 16, 18, 20) and Damage to Public Property Act (sections 3 & 4). The police conducted a raid on Imran’s house and have taken his wife in custody. Bashir, the alleged mastermind of the blasts, was present in the city on the day of the blasts, crime branch officials found out during his interrogation.
He had made his base in Ahmedabad for two months and had stayed at a rented house in Vatva from where he controlled the entire operations, police said.
Blasts meticulously planned: The July 26 serial blasts here were a result of meticulous planning with specific roles cut out for every individual, Gujarat Police have said. Sajid Mansuri, another key accused in the case arrested by the police, had played a significant role of conduct between the masterminds of the serial blasts and its executors.
Mansuri, who was the Gujarat zonal secretary of SIMI before it was banned, had stayed in Vadodara for the past couple of years before shifting to Bharuch from where he was arrested. Zahid Sheikh of Ahmedabad, a staunch follower of SIMI ideology and an expert driver, was given the task of handling cars and purchases of cycles used in the blasts, police sources said.
Zahid had received training in camps organised by SIMI leader Nagori in Kerala and Halol in the state.
3 detained in Jaipur: Meanwhile, the Rajasthan police have detained three persons, including two SIMI activists, for questioning in connection with the Jaipur explosions in May.
Riaz and Vasim Kabadi from Talabpara area and Abid Bhai Kapdewala from Shoepurian Masjid area were detained by the police in Baran, about 100 kms from Kota, last evening, a police officer said. All the three have been taken to Jaipur for further investigation, he said.