1993 Mumbai blasts: Mistaken identity by CBI

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Mumbai, Sep 9: The CBI had a mistaken identity when it arrested two people on charges of accused of the 1993 Mumbai Blast case. The special TADA court on Sunday, Sep 7 directed release of two persons arrested. The CBI informed the Court that the two persons deported from Nepal on Saturday, Sep 6 are not those wanted in the blasts case.

Special TADA Judge D U Mulla on Saturday, Sep 6 remanded the two persons in judicial custody till today and had directed the CBI to verify the identity of the two. The CBI had on Saturday claimed that the two, Riyaz Khatri and Ashfaq Ahmed Shah alias Salim Ghazi, were key aides of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and had played an important role in the 1993 serial blasts case.

However, the CBI gave a clean chit to the duo stating that it was a mistaken identity.

“After verifications, the CBI has found that the two persons are not those accused against whom red corner notices have been issued and that they have no connection with the blasts or the underworld," special public prosecutor Ujwal Nikam told PTI.

Nikam further said the CBI will bear the cost of sending the two persons back to Nepal.

Following the CBI"s verification, the Court directed the release of the two men.

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