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Most wanted SIMI man held in Bharuch

Most wanted SIMI man held in Bharuch

Author: TNN
Publication: The Times of India
Date: August 14, 2008
URL: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/msid-3367144,flstry-1.cms

Introduction: Mansuri's Arrest May throw Light on Gujarat Blast

Sajid Mansuri, an important SIMI leader being hunted since 2001, has finally landed in the Gujarat police net, raising hopes of some breakthrough in probes into Ahmedabad and Jaipur blasts.

Although police was careful not to link him directly to the serial blasts, earlier reports have hinted at Mansuri's involvement in the Jaipur blasts of May 13 which had distinct parallels with the deadly Ahmedabad sequel on July 26.

Mansuri was picked up from Bharuch three days back but police are yet to produce him before a court to formalise his arrest. Apparently Sajid's whereabouts were disclosed by director of Intelligence Bureau (IB) PC Haldar when he met top Gujarat Police officials on Monday.

Mansuri is learnt to have held two meetings in Ahmedabad on June 19 at Dariapur and Juhapura. Some radical elements, including the brother of Rasool Parti, an aide of slain underworld don Abdul Latif, who is absconding since the late 1990s, are learnt to have attended this meeting.

Mansuri had been active in Gujarat, Rajasthan and Maharashtra, holding secret meetings to indoctrinate young Muslims into 'jihad'. Mansuri was absconding after he fled a meeting in Surat in 2001, just before a police crackdown in which 123 SIMI members were caught. To destroy evidence, several SIMI members had chewed the phone SIM cards when they were caught.

After this, say police sources, Sajid fled to Jaipur where he worked as a madrassa teacher. Police believes that Sajid's arrest could help crack the Jaipur, Ahmedabad and Bangalore blasts.

Joint commissioner, Ahmedabad crime branch, Ashish Bhatia however denied knowledge of Sajid's arrest and said, "Though we have no information of his involvement in the Ahmedabad blasts, his name had cropped up days after the Jaipur blasts."|

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