4 blasts accused remanded to police custody till Sep 18

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Ahmedabad, Sep 6 (UNI) A local court has sent four accused, arrested in the Ahmedabad serial blasts case from Bhuj, to police custody till September 18.

Of the four accused, Naved Kadri, Javed Sheikh and Abbas Samje, connected with Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), were arrested from Bhuj in Kutch on Thursday in the Civil Hospital blasts case, while Aiyaz Saiyed, a resident of Vatva, Ahmedabad was booked in the Naroda Gam blast case.

While seeking remand for the accused yesterday, police submitted before the court that the accused were involved in various stages of planning and conspiracy of the blasts, and more time was needed to fully investigate their role, their links, network, financial dealings and association with the accused in other blasts in the country.

Metropolitan Magistrate G M Patel granted police remand till September 18 and said in his order that considering the serious nature of the offences, it was necessary for the police to have custody of the accused.

Police said that the actions of the accused led to the bomb blasts that killed and injured many and threatened to flare up a communal conflict. As they were trained to fox the police and outsmart interrogators, it was very difficult to extract information from them, so more time was needed by the police.

Police said Abbas has been an active SIMI member since 2001 and had sold a house in Bhuj in 2007 to raise money for the blasts.

He was allegedly also the one who was in touch with SIMI chieftain Safdar Nagori and Zahid Shiekh, another arrested blast accused, police said.

Police said Naved Kadri organised young recruits for SIMI and took active an part in the terror conspiracy. He had attended the training camp held at Ernakulam in Kerala, they said.

The accused had attended the Halol training camp and were in constant touch with the other conspirators, police added.

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