Pota court gives accused 14 day police remand in Akshardham case

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Ahmedabad, Oct 21 (UNI) A designated POTA court today remanded Majid Patel into 14-day police custody for his alleged involvement in the 2002 Akshardham Terror attack case.

POTA Court Judge Jyotsana Yagnik, after hearing the arguments of both sides, remanded Majid in police custody till November 3.

City Crime Branch had sought 14-day police remand for Majid, saying that it would like to interrogate the accused for his alleged involvement in funding the Akshardham Terror Attack through a hawala racket.

Majid was brought here by a City Crime Branch team yesterday from the Bharuch district, where he was arrested by the local police on October 19.

Police also argued that the accused should be given 14-day police remand as there are still 25 other accused, who are absconding. Police believe that a majority of these absconders are presently living in various Gulf countries.

In September 2002, the Akshardham Swaminarayan Temple was stormed by two heavily armed militants of the Lashkar-e-Toiba.

Firing indiscriminately from their automatic weapons, the two militants had killed 34 people and injured 81 others before they were shot down by the Commandos of the National Security Guards, who were flown in from New Delhi. In the operation, two NSG commandos were also killed.

Earlier in July-2006, the POTA court had granted the death penalty to three persons and awarded lifeterms to 5-years imprisonment to three others.

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