Saturday, February 8, 2014

ATS: 13/7 accused wanted to blow up cop van in Dadar

Yasin Bhatkal and his associates surveyed many areas in the city


Mateen Hafeez TNN

Mumbai: The state anti-terrorism squad (ATS), probing the 13/7 bomb blasts in the city, said explosives were kept in four pressure cookers and the accused had initially decided to blow up a police van near Dadar railway station. When the suspects arrived to plant the bomb, the police van had, however, moved, thus saving several lives. Explosives used in the bombs were brought in from Mangalore in Karnataka, the ATS claimed.
    This was disclosed during the interrogation of bombers, Ahmed Zarar Siddibappa alias Yasin Bhatkal and Asadullah Akhtar alias Haddi alias Tabrez. “Tabrez and a wanted accused, Waqqas Saad Shaikh (a suspected Pakistani), collected around 7kg explosive from outside A J Hospital in Mangalore. The consignment was arranged by Indian Mujahideen (IM) founder Riyaz Bhaktal, who is suspected to have been running the terror module from Pakistan.
    Waqqas and Tabrez returned by a luxury bus the same day, after collecting the explosives, a week before the blasts,” an ATS officer said. ATS chief Rakesh Maria said the cops were busy with interrogation and were collecting evidence. 

    “Two pressure cookers were purchased from Pydhonie and two from Grant Road. Other material, like timers, transistors, arrow boards, batteries and a soldering machine
were also bought here,” an investigator said. Bhatkal, along with a wanted accused, Tahseen Shaikh alias Monu, wanted to plant a bomb under the police van but Monu reached late. They first planted a bomb at a bus-stop in Dadar and another was dumped in a dustbin near the flower market. Two bombs were planted near Opera House and Zaveri Bazar. All bombs, except the one in the dustbin, exploded, killing 27 and injuring 126 on July 13, 2011. Seven persons have been arrested in this case.
    Bhatkal, his accomplices Naqui Ahmed, Tabrez and Monu, also surveyed Colaba market, which many foreigners visit, the ATS office in Nagpada, the state transport bus depot in Dadar (E), Gol Deol, near Nagpada, Mumbadevi temple, the McDonald outlet outside Andheri railway station (W), Juhu beach, the police commissioner’s office and directorgeneral of police’s office.

The Times of India, February 8, 2014

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