Train Blast Suspect Held In J&K
4 August 2006
The Hindustan Times
Jammu: The 11-7 Mumbai blasts trail finally reached Jammu and Kashmir on Friday with the arrest of Abdul Hamid - a suspected Lashkar-e- Tayyeba cadre - from the Surankote area of Poonch for questioning. According to a report in the local daily, Daily Excelsior, counter- intelligence sleuths of the state police detained Hamid after receiving inputs from their Mumbai counterparts that they recovered the suspect's identity card from one of the blast sites. However, the police told HT, that 'it would be premature to say whether Hameed was innocent or guilty. His past records are clean and show no links to any subversive activity.' Mumbai police zeroed in on Hameed after he was found missing following the July 11 serial blasts. They tipped off the J&K police, who launched a manhunt. Hameed was handed over to the Mumbai police after obtaining a transit remand from a local court in Poonch. Sources said Hameed told the sleuths that he was working as a security guard for a private company owned by a Poonch resident.