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13/7 probe: Did Mumbai ATS nab an informer?

Delhi Police blame the ATS of botching their operations by arresting Naqui Ahmed Shaikh, their informer.

Published: 24th January 2012 08:26 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th May 2012 06:21 PM   |  A+A-

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Mumbai ATS chief Rakesh Maria showing the picture absconding terrorist Yasin Bhatkal mastermind of the 13/7 Mumbai blasts. PTI

MUMBAI / NEW DELHI: The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad on Monday claimed to have cracked the Mumbai 13/7 triple blasts case with the arrest of two persons. But the arrest has only revealed the lack of coordination between the Delhi Police Anti-Terror Cell and the Mumbai ATS, with a miffed Delhi police saying they had already arrested one of the accused last year.

Mumbai ATS chief Rakesh Maria Monday announced the arrest of Naqui Ahmed Shaikh (22) and Nadeem Akhtar Shaikh (23) for ‘aiding, assisting and abetting’ the 13/7 blast mastermind Indian Mujahideen operative Yasin Bhatkal. Maria said the duo had procured SIM cards as well as the scooters in which the bomb was placed and parked at Zaveri Bazaar and Opera House.

But a fuming Delhi police blames the Mumbai ATS of botching their operations. They say they had already arrested Naqui in Delhi last year and taken him to Mumbai as part of the plan to nab Bhatkal. However, the Mumbai cops arrested him.

Meanwhile, Naqui’s elder brother Taquee is said to be running from pillar to post to get help and says he feels cheated that his brother was made an accused despite helping the police in the case.



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