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'06 train blasts: IM man sings, ATS red-faced

'06 train blasts: IM man sings, ATS red-faced

Author: Mateen Hafeez
Publication: The Times of India
Date: December 28, 2009

Indian Mujahideen's (IM) top operative Sadiq Sheikh's confession on his alleged role in the July 11, 2006 serial Mumbai train blasts has come as a huge embarrassment for the state anti-terrorism squad (ATS). Two years ago, the ATS had chargesheeted 13 persons, but Sadiq and other members of the IM module were not named as conspirators.

On Friday, after a news channel aired the videotapes of Sadiq's confession in which he says that he and his associates had purchased pressure cookers, placed bombs in them and planted them in trains, the ATS was at pains to rubbish it, saying Sadiq was trying to mislead investigators. "Our teams are questioning him and we cannot reveal information at this juncture,''said acting ATS chief, additional director-general of police K P Raghuvanshi. It was Raghuvanshi who had headed the 11/7 investigation as ATS chief.He had then claimed that the blasts were carried out by Simi activists and Pakistanis.

Sadiq first admitted his role in 11/7 in September last year after he and 20 others were arrested by the Mumbai crime branch which was investigating the cars stolen from Navi Mumbai and used in the 2008 blasts in Ahmedabad and the planting of bombs in Surat. DGP A N Roy had then said that Sadiq's claims were an Al Qaida ploy to mislead investigators. TOI had reported these developments extensively in its edition of October 15, 2008.

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