August 2006 News

J&K Youth Arrested For Mumbai Blasts

5 August 2006
The Times of India

Mumbai: A Jammu and Kashmir youth, whose identity card was found in the debris of the compartment that was blown apart at Jogeshwari on July 11, was arrested from his village in Poonch on Thursday. This is the first Terror Tuesday arrest from Jammu and Kashmir. Police found Abdul Hameed's identity card while rummaging through the debris of the bombed compartment at the Kandivli railway shed on Monday, 20 days after the deadly blasts. The court, where the resident of Sanai village in Poonch was produced on Thursday, gave a four-day transit remand. Hameed was sent to Delhi on his way to Mumbai on Friday. Police in Mumbai said the identity card they got from the train revealed that Abdul Hameed worked as a guard for a private security agency in the western suburbs; it showed Adul Hameed wearing the agency's black uniform and cap. The anti-terrorists squad then sent a team to the security agency's office and learnt that he was not reporting for duty since July 11, the day the blasts occurred in Mumbai. A team was then sent to Abdul Hameed's Nallasopara residence, where police learnt he had left his rented room. It was then that cops in Mumbai decided to contact their Jammu and Kashmir counterparts. The detention, arrest and the production in court followed. Anti-terrorists squad chief and joint commissioner of police K P Raghuvanshi would not give more details about the first arrest from Kashmir. 'Our teams have been sent to various places. It is too early to rule out Kashmiri links and we are exploring all angles,' he said. But officials in Jammu and Kashmir said the 32- year-old father of a daughter had no past in crime. The anti- terrorists squad has sent another photograph that of a dismembered body found from the Matunga blast site on July 11to the police in Jammu and Kashmir. Police in Mumbai also claimed to have got credible leads, linking arrested unani physician Tanvir Ansari, to the Jogeshwari blast and convinced a court into granting them his remand till August 17.


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