13/7: Maha ATS hunts IM agent in Kolkata

Last Updated: Sat, Jul 16, 2011 14:02 hrs

Mumbai/Kolkata, July 16 (IBNS) The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) has reportedly alerted its counterpart in West Bengal to track an Indian Mujahideen (IM) member allegedly involved in Wednesday's triple blasts in Mumbai, media reports said on Saturday.

According to reports, Maharashtra ATS is trying to trace an IM operative identified as Abdullah, who has a house in Kolkata and reportedly recruited some youths for the outfit from there.

They have asked their counterparts in Kolkata to get more information on the IM module operating from the city.

The ATS also asked Kolkata Police to provide railway passenger reservation charts and details of passengers travelling from Kolkata to Mumbai and Kolkata to Kanpur in the last few days.

Kolkata Police will verify if any of the suspects had travelled to and from Mumbai and went underground after the blasts.

The Uttar Pradesh ATS has been alerted as well.

Meanwhile, the ATS will grill alleged IM member Danish Riyaz lodged at a jail in Ahmedabad in connection with the 2008 serial blasts in Gujarat. They will also question an alleged founder member of IM, Iqbal Bhatkal, presently lodged at a Karnataka jail.

The death toll in Wednesday's triple blasts in Mumbai rose to 19 with a victim succumbing to his injuries at a city hospital on Saturday.

42-year-old Babulal Das, who sustained serious injuries at the Opera House blast, died around 3am at Saifee Hospital.

On Friday, Zaveri Bazaar blast victim Avinash Tamka (23) died at Bombay Hospital.
About 20 people, injured in the blasts, are still undergoing treatment at various hospitals in Mumbai.

Over 130 people were injured in coordinated explosions that tore through busy hubs (Dadar West, Zaveri Bazaar and Opera House) in Mumbai's rush hour on Wednesday evening.

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