Hyderabad blasts: Production warrants for two IM men in Tihar

Last Updated: Fri, Mar 15, 2013 16:30 hrs

New Delhi, March 15 (IANS) A Delhi court Friday issued production warrants against two alleged Indian Mujahideen (IM) operatives, lodged in the Tihar Jail here, in Feb 21 Hyderabad twin blasts case.

District Judge I.S. Mehta, during an in chamber, hearing directed jail authorities to produce before it on Saturday two jailed operatives Syed Maqbool and Imran Khan to confront them with another alleged IM operative, Obaid-ur-Rehman.

The court allowed the plea of National Investigation Agency (NIA) seeking further custodial interrogation of Maqbool and Khan to confront them with Rehman, who has been brought from Bangalore Central Jail. Rehman is presently in NIA's custody till March 20 in connection with the case.

According to sources, the NIA told the judge that operatives have given some conflicting statements to them during their separate interrogations, and needed to be quizzed together.

The court had remanded Maqbool and Imran to NIA's custody for five days during which they were taken to Hyderabad in connection with the blasts.

The two have been in judicial custody at Tihar jail after police arrested them for the August 2012 Pune blasts.

Maqbool and Khan had in July 2012 allegedly carried out reconnisance of Hyderabad's Dilsukhnagar, where the Feb 21 blasts this year killed 16 people and injured 117, the NIA claimed.

Their interrogation will give information on the exact plan envisaged by their associates, the agency said.

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