PUNE BLAST ARREST?
Mumbai: Ten days ago, the Delhi Police’s special cell had picked up an Ahmednagar resident for the August 1 Pune serial blasts. Irfan Landge (30) was picked up from Thane district, sources close to the family said. However, mystery shrouds Landge’s disappearance as the police have not produced him in any court to obtain his custody, sources said.
The Delhi Police had last week arrested three persons from Maharashtra for their alleged role in the Jangli Maharaj Road blasts in Pune. Landge, said sources, had gone to Thane to bring his wife from her mother’s house when the special cell picked him up on October 5. Landge had got married four months ago. His father, Mustafa, is a retired telecom officer.
Sources said the Delhi Police team stayed at a Juhu hotel in the first week of October. “On October 8, the cops summoned Mustafa and Landge’s in-laws to the hotel and told them that Landge was involved in anti-national activities. They toldthe family not to inform anyone, or else they would kill Landge in an encounter,” a source said. On Oct 9, said the source, Mustafa got a call from Delhi Police asking him to come to the capital. “He spoke to a lawyer, who told him not to go to Delhi. He again received a call, saying he was being watched and that if he told anyone about Landge’s detention, he will have to face dire consequences.”
A Delhi Police officer told TOI, “The family can’t make such claims. If they are saying it, they are lying. Our investigation is on and I will talk to you after some time.”
The Times of India, October 13, 2012