Jaipur serial blasts: One medical student detained

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Bangalore, Aug 18: One medical student was arrested on Sunday, Aug 17 by the Rajasthan Police in connection with the Jaipur serial blasts which killed 65 people on May 13, 2008.  Abrar Ali, a medical student is alleged to have supplied ammonium nitrate for the bombs used in Jaipur. He is believed to be studying in the country"s premier institute, AIIMS.

Ali's involvement was revealed by Sajid Mansoori who was arrested by Gujarat police on August 16. He confessed about Ali's involvement during interrogation. Sajid Mansoori is one of the nine activists of the banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) arrested in connection with the July 26 Ahmedbad blasts by the Gujarat police. The arrested were remanded in police custody for 14 days by a city metropolitan court on Sunday, Aug 17.

Along with Sajid Mansoori, others remanded in custody are Zahid Sheikh, Imran Sheikh, Iqbal Sheikh, Samsudin Sheikh, Yunus Mansuri, Gyasuddin Ansari, Arif Kadri and Usman Agarbattiwala, all in the age group of 20-25 years.

Meanwhile, Rajasthan police on Sunday detained three persons, including two SIMI activists, for questioning in connection with the Jaipur explosions.

Riaz and Vasim Kabadi from Talabpara area and Abid Bhai Kapdewala from Shoepurian Masjid area were detained by the police in Baran, about 100 kms from Jaipur. All the three are being interrogated.

In Bhopal, the police rounded up a few suspects, allegedly associated with SIMI, in connection with the recent serial blasts in Ahmedabad.

"Gujarat police have given us a list of suspected persons who were associated with SIMI after the blasts and those persons are now being questioned by the police in Indore," a senior police official told media. "We had taken the persons into custody earlier also when some top SIMI leaders were arrested from Indore," he said.

Sources said the explosive material used in the serial blasts is not available in Indore as it is being used in deep mining but manufactured by a factory in Nagpur region.

"We are probing all angles and as far as supply of explosives from Madhya Pradesh is concerned, nothing concrete is found till date," the official said.

Meanwhile, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said in Jabalpur that the state police is in touch with its Gujarat counterparts following reports that explosives used in the serial blasts at Ahmedabad were supplied from the state.

"Stern action will be taken against those responsible for the supply," he said.

It can be recalled that police in Madhya Pradesh had arrested 13 top SIMI leaders, including its chief Safdar Nagori, from a house in Indore on March 27, where they were holed up for the organisation's meeting


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