Gujarat blasts: SIMI activists sent to 14-day police custody

Gujarat blasts: SIMI activists sent to 14-day police custody
PTI
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First Published: Sun, Aug 17 2008. 04 57 PM IST
Updated: Sun, Aug 17 2008. 04 57 PM IST
Ahmedabad: Nine activists of the banned Students Islamic Movement of India, or SIMI, arrested in connection with the Ahmedabad serial blasts case, were on Sunday remanded in police custody for 14 days by a local court.
Metropolitan magistrate J K Pandya passed the remand order after the police sought their custody for interrogation to unravel the conspiracy behind the blasts in which 55 people had lost their lives.
The accused--Jahid Sheikh, Yunus Mansuri, Shamsuddin Sheikh, Arif Kadri, Gyasuddin, Imran, Usman Agarbattiwala, Iqbal Sheikh and Sajid Mansuri --are all in the age group of 20-25.
The mastermind of the blast, Mufti Abu Bashir, who was arrested in Uttar Pradesh, was brought to Ahmedabad on Saturday night on a three-day transit remand.
Earlier, a lawyer representing some of the accused submitted in the court that his clients were innocent.
“The police have shown arrests of all my clients on Saturday but they were in police custody since July 31. So the court should not give further remand,” Hasim Qureshi said.
The courtroom was filled with relatives of the accused and security personnel.
Gujarat police have claimed that they busted a pan-India network behind the serial blasts in Ahmedabad and other cities in the country with the arrest of 10 people.
Earlier this month, a tribunal had lifted the ban on SIMI, saying the government had been unable to supply any new evidence of illegal activities. The next day, the Supreme Court reversed the decision, saying the ban would stay in place until it could consider further evidence to be presented by the government within three weeks.
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First Published: Sun, Aug 17 2008. 04 57 PM IST