Mumbai: A Maharashtra anti-terrorism squad (ATS) team left for West Bengal on Wednesday to question a suspected Indian Mujahideen operative in connection with the 2010 German Bakery bomb blast in Pune.
ATS sources said it is suspected that the operative, Anwar Malik Hussain, had supplied a few “packets” in October 2009 to IM chief Yaseen Bhatkal. The packets are believed to have contained explosives which were later used in making the bomb that went off at the bakery.
Sources in the state ATS said the team went to Nadia district in West Bengal and interrogated Hussain for over two hours. However, the interrogation did not yield any result in connection with the explosives, they said. An ATS officer said, “Hussain might not have been told about the content of the packets. He has admitted to carrying a few packets for several days before handing them over to Bhatkal. We are still verifying and corroborating his statement. Moreover, Bhatkal was arrested by the West Bengal in December 2010 but fled after getting bail.”
The officer said that Hussain told the ATS team that he had never visited Pune. “However, it seems he had some knowledge about a possible terror strike before the German Bakery blast but was not told about the location,” he added.
Hussain was arrested by the West Bengal police last week after the multiple blasts in Bodh Gaya. He was carrying fake Indian currency amounting to Rs 1.19 crore. The ATS had arrested only one person, Mirza Himayat Baig, in the bakery case. Baig was sentenced to death by a Pune court this year.
The CBI has already issued red corner notices against Bhatkal, Fayyaz Kagzi, Mohsin Chowdhary, Raheel Shaikh and two others in connection with the German Bakery blast.
The Times of India (Pune), July 18, 2013