Hyderabad blasts: Two Delhi prisoners sent to NIA custody

Last Updated: Mon, Mar 18, 2013 05:52 hrs

New Delhi: A Delhi court Saturday remanded two alleged operatives of banned terror outfit Indian Mujahideen (IM), lodged in a jail here, to NIA custody for four days for questioning over the Feb 21 Hyderabad blasts that killed 16 people.

District Judge I.S. Mehta, during an in-chamber hearing, sent Syed Maqbool and Imran Khan to National Investigation Agency (NIA) custody till March 20 for confronting them with another alleged IM operative Obaid-ur-Rehman.

Rehman, brought from Bangalore Central Jail, and is in NIA custody till March 20.

According to sources, the NIA told the judge that the IM operatives had given conflicting statements during their separate questioning.

The court earlier remanded Maqbool and Imran to NIA's custody for five days during which they were taken to Hyderabad.

The two 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.

Maqbool and Imran have been in judicial custody in Delhi's Tihar prison after they were arrested for the August 2012 Pune blasts.

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