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'No Pakistani was involved in train blasts'

'No Pakistani was involved in train blasts'

Author: Mateen Hafeez
Publication: The Times of India
Date: March 5, 2009
URL: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Cities/Mumbai/No-Pakistani-involved-in-train-blasts/rssarticleshow/4225445.cms

The alleged founder of Indian Mujahideen (IM), Sadiq Shaikh, told the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) that no Pakistani was involved in manufacturing bombs that were used in July 11, 2006 train blasts in Mumbai. This contradicts ATS' earlier theory that some Pakistanis had assembled the bombs containing RDX.

The ATS and an Intelligence Bureau (IB) team were surprised when Sadiq (31) told them that he and his associates were behind the train blasts. Sadiq had told this to the crime branch when he was arrested five months ago. ATS had earlier raised doubts over Sadiq's involvement in the 7/11 case, saying the use of "pressure cooker'' for planting bombs was not the IM pattern.

Following a series of media reports, the ATS was forced to take him into custody on February 21. "Dr Shahnawaz (wanted suspect), Atif Ameen and Mohammed Sajid (both killed in last year's Batla house encounter in Delhi) were part of the plot. The RDX was procured by Riyaz Bhatkal alias Roshan Jamal (wanted suspect). The bombs were made four days in advance in Sewri. No Pakistani was present when the bombs were manufactured,'' Sadiq is believed to have told the ATS.

The ATS and the IB had claimed that the RDX was procured by a Pakistani, Ehasanullah, and that the bombs were manufactured with the help of Pakistanis at Govandi.

Most of the IB officials along with the ATS, who are currently questioning Sadiq, had "thoroughly questioned'' the 7/11 suspects in 2006 before "being satisfied'' over the arrest of 13 suspected SIMI members by the ATS. During that time, neither the IB nor the other security agencies had doubted the arrests.

An ATS officer said Sadiq was changing his statements frequently. "Sometimes, he says that he, along with Dr Shahnawaz and others, had manufactured the bombs, but changes his statement in an instant. According to him, Shahnawaz's brother, Saif (arrested suspect), was not aware of the 7/11 conspiracy,'' said an officer, "When Shahnawaz and Saif were aware about the Delhi blasts, how come Saif didn't know about the train blast conspiracy.''

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