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Blast: Unani practitioner in ATS custody

Blast: Unani practitioner in ATS custody

Author: Sagnik Chowdhury & Stavan Desai
Publication: The Indian Express
Date: July 25, 2006

The crime branch of the Mumbai Police on Monday handed over Dr Tanvir Ahmed Mohammed Ibrabim Ansari, one of the five persons detained on Friday for questioning in connection with the July 11 serial blasts, to the Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS). Although his role in the blasts has not been established yet, crime branch officials believe him to be part of a sophisticated LeT module in the city.

Ansari (33), a practitioner of Unani medicine and resident of Byculla, was arrested by the ATS and produced before a magistrate who remanded him in police custody till August 4.

The fourth person to be arrested in the 7/11 serial blasts case, Ansari was part of an "extremely sophisticated and dangerous" LeT module which possibly had a role in the October 29, 2005 Sarojini Nagar market blasts in Delhi and the June 3, 2001 blast at a Roman Catholic church in Gopalganj in Bihar, sources in the crime branch told The Indian Express.

"However, his role in the recent blasts in the city is being investigated," said a senior crime branch official.
According to ATS officials, Ansari is part of a five-member module in the city trained in Pakistan. In late 2004 he had gone to Pakistan by road from Tehran which he visited on a pilgrimage visa, investigations so far reveal. The practice of visiting Pakistan through Iran is similar to the one employed by members of the Lashkar's Aurangabad module and the one busted in Delhi on May 9.

Grant Road-based Lashkar operative Rahil Abdul Rehman Shiekh (24), who is evading arrest, is the one who used to procure these visas for the Lashkar and he is suspected to have helped Ansari visit Pakistan via Iran.

In Pakistan, Ansari spent 40 days at terrorist camps in Muzzafarabad and Bahawalpur. He, like the other four, were trained in the use of AK-47 assault rifles, rocket launchers and grenade throwing.

On his return from Pakistan in early 2005, Ansari resumed practising Unani medicine at Saifee Ambulance and Pathological Lab at Bori Muhallah, Ibrahim Rehmatullah Road, Bhendi Bazaar Junction and at Saabu Siddiqui Hospital at Bombay Central.

On Friday, Unit-II of the Crime Branch had busted the module, and detained all five members. It's likely that the others will be handed over to the ATS in following days.

"All five are extremely well educated and are not in the least bit in awe of senior police officers. They are well read, and extremely computer savvy. They are the sort who would feel at case in a five star hotel in the city. They are religious fanatics and were extremely uncooperative during interrogation," said an investigating officer.

"Ansari himself holds a degree from Nagpur University for a five-year course in Unani medicine. He has been arrested in Mumbai in the past for two offences involving SIMI members," the officer added.

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