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Unani doctor is staunch religious fanatic: ATS

Unani doctor is staunch religious fanatic: ATS

Author: Express News Service
Publication: The Indian Express
Date: August 18, 2006
URL: http://cities.expressindia.com/archivefullstory.php?newsid=197250&creation_date=2006-08-18

Saying he was ''extremely cold-blooded and a staunch religious fanatic'', the Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) on Thursday sought police custody for 7/11 blasts accused Dr Tanveer Ansari, this time for his alleged involvement in the Bandra blast.

Tanveer, a Unani doctor at Saboo Siddiqui Hospital, was arrested on July 24 and later booked for his alleged role in the Matunga and Jogeshwari blasts. On Thursday, he was produced before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate A M Garde and remanded to police custody till August 31.

The ATS, in its remand application, said that during interrogation, they discovered that Tanveer was concealing information about a cellphone that he had given to one of his patients. This cellphone, the ATS said, was recovered from Tanveer's brother Ishtiyaq and could throw light on the probe.

''Being a fanatic and a doctor, he is capable of procuring and providing the local men infrastructure in terrorist activities like bomb blasts,'' the ATS said in its remand plea.

While the ATS said that Tanveer's custody was necessary because he was tight-lipped about the acts he had committed, Tanveer's lawyer Amin Solkar (see box) opposed the plea for the remand extension.

''He has already been remanded to police custody twice, in the Matunga and Jogeshwari blasts,'' Solkar said. ''If the police say that the conspiracy is the same and the investigating agency is the same, then according to the law, the court cannot remand him further.''

Earlier on Monday, the ATS had alleged that Students Islamic Movement of India activist Ehtesham Siddiqui, who was booked in the 7/11 blasts' case on August 12, had told Tanveer to buy 500 ml of hydrogen peroxide, acetone and sulphuric acid.

These, the ATS said, had been recovered from Tanveer's locker at Saboo Siddiqui Hospital. Tanveer, the ATS added, had also received training in Pakistan on using AK-47s, stenguns, rocket launchers and timer devices.

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