Maqbool-Imran link to Obaid to be probed

The NIA moves Delhi court for custody of the duo again

Published: 16th March 2013 08:03 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th March 2013 08:03 AM   |  A+A-

Having made very little progress in the Dilsukhnagar blasts case, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) hopes to achieve a breakthrough by confronting one suspect with another among those arrested in the past terror-related cases.

The NIA has questioned two suspects, Syed Maqbool and Imran Khan, for their alleged role in the Dilsukhnagar blasts. It suspects that they conducted a recce of Dilsukhnagar, Begum Bazar and other areas  for planting explosives. The duo were allegedly involved in the Pune blasts and held by the Delhi police and are currently lodged in the Tihar jail in Delhi.

During their investigation, the NIA also came to know about the possible role of Obaid-ur-Rahman, who was arrested for conspiracy to kill some Hyderabad municipal corporators and others. The NIA has approached the court and got Rahman’s custody recently and is questioning him. During interrogation, the NIA found the statements made by Rahman, and Maqbool and Imran to be contradictory.

“We want to confront Maqbool and Imran with Rahman to know some facts relating to the blasts,’’ an officer said.

The NIA moved a court in Delhi seeking custody of Maqbool and Imran again. The court is likely to take a decision over the issue tomorrow.“Once we get the custody of Maqbool and Imran, we will bring all the three, including Rahman to the city for questioning,’’ an officer said.

Maqbool and Imran were earlier brought to the city by the NIA after the blasts and the premier anti-terror agency had the custody of Rahman till March 20.

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