remand extended….

MUMBAI: A local court on Thursday extended the police custody of Naqi Ahmed Sheikh (22) and Nadeem Akhtar Ashfaq Sheikh (23), suspected Indian Mujahideen (IM) operatives, till 10th February.

The alleged terrorists were arrested on 12th January in connection with the 13th July triple blasts in Mumbai. The custody was extended as Maharashtra Anti terrorist Squad (ATS) sought to probe into the source of explosive materials and possible future terror targets arrested in connection with the blasts. ATS told the court that the accused used to travel to Darbhanga of Bihar and Delhi very often and the intentions for these visits was yet to be ascertained.

The two had stayed in Mumbai even after the blasts and ATS stated that it needed to investigate if any more blasts were planned. “Their modus operandi is to stay at a place, plan terror attack and execute it. Since the two continued to stay here even after the blasts, their further custody is required to know if they had planned further strikes. If yes, then what are their targets?” ATS said.

According to ATS, Naqi and Nadeem had stolen four two-wheelers from south Mumbai. Two of the bikes were used to plant explosives at Zaveri Bazaar and Opera House. The other two were taken to Bihar. Naqi, came to Mumbai in September 2010 and helped Yasin Bhatkal, maser mind of the attack and two other accused find accommodation at Byculla. He has also been charged for providing SIM cards to them.

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