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Gujarat ATS nabs 2002 Ghatkopar blast accused in Maharashtra

Press Trust of India  |  Ahmedabad 

An absconding accused in the 2002 blast incident in was today arrested by the Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS), an said here.

ATS officials nabbed (45) from Aurangabad in and handed him over to the police, said a senior ATS

Shaikh had fled to in immediately after the blast, and returned to Aurangabad only two days ago, he said.

"ATS team was in Aurangabad in connection with some other case. We detained Shaikh on suspicion, and during the questioning he admitted to involvement in the blast. Since he is not facing any case in Gujarat, we handed him over to police," the said.

Shaikh was named in the FIR lodged by police after the blast and charged under relevant IPC sections as well as under the Prevention Of Terrorism Act ('POTA', which is now repealed), he said.

Two persons were killed and 50 others were injured in a blast on a civic-run BEST bus in suburban in on December 2, 2002.

"Shaikh owned a factory in Aurangabad. During a raid at the factory after the blast, police had found videos and literature of terror outfits such as Indian Mujahideen and Videos of riots were also found," said the

"As per the Mumbai police, other accused in the case were influenced by this propaganda material and took part in the blast conspiracy," the said.

An official of the confirmed Shaikh's arrest, but refused to reveal more details.

During the trial of the Ghatkopar blast case so far, all the arrested accused have been discharged for lack of evidence. Yesterday, the discharged Ifran Qureshi, arrested in the case from Aurangabad in May this year, after the police submitted that there was no sufficient evidence against him.

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First Published: Wed, August 08 2018. 18:00 IST