20 alleged IM activists slapped with MCOCA; sent to PC till Oct 21

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Mumbai, Oct 7 (UNI) Twenty suspected activists of the Indian Mujahideen (IM), arrested since September 23, were today booked under the stringent Mahaharshtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA).

The activists were later produced before MCOCA Judge V G Awchat, who remanded them to police custody till October 21.

They included Anique Shafique Sayed alias Khalid (27), Majid Akhtar Shaikh alias Naseem (26), Yasir Anis Sayed alias Huzafa (20), Farooq Sharfuddin Tarkash alias Abdullah (25), Faza-e-rehman Mus Khan Durani (23), Ahmed Bawa Abubakar alias Abu (33), Mohammed Ali Ahmed (44), Javed Mohammed Ali (19), Sayed Mohammed Noushad alias Sayedna (25), Afzal Usmani (32), Mohammad Sadik Usrac Shaikh (32), Mohd Arif Shaikh alias Arif Badar alias Laddan (38), Mohd Zakir Shaikh (26), Ansar Ahmed Badshah Shaikh (35), Arif Bashir Shaikh alias Hasan, Mohammed Mansoor Asgar Peerbhoy (31), Mubin alias Sakman Kadar (24), Mohammed Atique Mohammed Iqbal (25), Sastagir Phiroz Mujawar alias Afrosh (25) and Mohammed Akbar Ismail Chaudhary alias Sayed (28).

Of these, the Mumbai Crime Branch and Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) yesterday arrested Mohammed Akbar Ismail Choudhary, Anees Shakil Sayyad, Majid Attar Shaikh and Farooq Shamsuddin Taraskar all residents of Kondwa) and Yasir Anees Sayyad (staying in Kasba Peth area of the city) from Pune, besides 15 others arrested since September 23. They all were engaged in sending terror e-mails just before the blasts and handling the media wing of the outfit.

City Commissioner of Police Hassan Gafoor and Joint Comissioner of Police Rakesh Maria had said yesterday that the police had successfully nabbed some highly qualified persons, who were techno savvy and working with reputed computer companies in the city and other parts of the country.

Some of the arrested accused had allegedly manufactured and planted bombs at Ahmedabad, New Delhi and Surat, they had stated.

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