Ten SIMI activists remanded to police custody till sep 15

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Ahmedabad, Sep 1 (UNI) A local court today granted police remand to Mufti Abdul Bashar Kasmi, mastermind of Ahmedabad serial blasts, and accused in the Gujarat terror plot, and nine other local SIMI activists till September 15.

Metropolitan Magistrate G M Patel, in his judgement pronounced 14 days police remand to Mufti and his nine accomplices for their alleged involvement in the Gujarat terror plot in which 60 people were killed in 19 blasts in Ahmedabad on July 26.

These ten accused had planted nearly 30 bombs in the diamond city of Surat between July 27 to 30, but, fortunately because of faulty wirings of mirco-chips, used in bombs for triggering explosion, failed to explode. Later, they were found and defused by the bomb disposal squad of the Gujarat Police.

Opposing the remand application by police, defence counsel submitted before the court that detection of crime branch is an investigating agency that has jurisdiction over entire city. Hence it can not lodge many FIRs or can't seek remand on basis of different FIRs. It is a single transaction-serial blasts, not separate acts, he contended.

He submitted that grounds on which police has sought remand were already cited when they sought remand for the same accused for the first time.

Mufti and his nine local SIMI accomplices were produced today before the metropolitan magistrate as their one-day police custody pronounced yesterday by the same court, expired. Earlier, they all were sent for police remand on July 17.

Mufti had masterminded the 19 serial bomb blasts in Ahmedabad on July 26 that had claimed 60 lives and injured over 200 others.

Of the 19 blasts, four occurred in Chief Minister Narendra Modi's Assembly Constituency, Maninagar.

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