Friday, August 30, 2013

2011 Zaveri Bazar bomber in net

Mateen Hafeez TNN

Mumbai: The arrest of Asadullah Akhtar alias Tabrez brings into the net the 2011 Zaveri Bazar bomber and will throw light on why the six bombs planted by him in Pune on August 1 last year did not explode. 

    The 26-year-old resident of Azamgarh in UP, considered the most trusted man of Indian Mujahideen principal Yasin Bhatkal, had been evading the police for almost two years. He was held with Yasin on the Indo-Nepal border. 

    “He had planted bombs at Mumbai’s Zaveri Bazar in July 2011 and Pune’s JM Road in 2012. Initially, the police believed he was a Pakistani national. This January, they announced he was an Indian and offered Rs 10 lakh for information on him,” said a police source. Tabrez, with co-accused Waqqas, stayed at Habib Apartments in Byculla even after the 13/7 blasts in the city and did not flee. It was there that he helped Yasin assemble the RDX bombs a day before the triple blasts killed 27, said the source. 

    Police suspect the six bombs planted on Pune’s J M Road did not explode because the explosive got wet while the bombs were being assembled. “However, we want to know from Tabrez what went wrong and who had made the bombs,” said a police officer.   Eight persons were ar
rested for the Pune bombing conspiracy while five are still elusive. One Dayanand Bhaurao Patil was injured in a small blast. 

    Tabrez, who was believed to have been indoctrinating youths in Bihar before his role in the Mumbai blasts, fled the country, like Yasin and Waqqas, as a turf war erupted between Delhi police and the Maharashtra anti-terrorism squad in 2011.

ASADULLAH AKHTAR Alias Tabrez /Javed Akhtar/ Haddi/Danial/Shakir
AGE | 26 years 
HOME | Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh  
CASES | Zaveri Bazar, Opera House, Dadar bomb blasts.
Stole scooter and bike in Mumbai, planted Zaveri Bazar bomb
Planted six bombs at Pune’s JM Road on August 1, 2012
Procured and used SIM cards on fake documents 
REWARD | Rs 10 lakh (Source: Maharashtra ATS) 
The Times of India, August 30, 2013

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