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Bashir admits involvement in Ahmedabad blasts

Bashir admits involvement in Ahmedabad blasts

Author: PTI
Publication: The Pioneer
Date: August 19, 2008

Mufti Abu Bashir, the alleged mastermind of the serial blasts here, has admitted that he was involved in the July 26 bombings that left 55 people dead, Crime Branch sources said on Tuesday.

Bashir, whose arrest was announced on August 16, is currently in 14-day police custody and is being grilled by the city Crime Branch officials.

"So far in his interrogation, he has confessed to his involvement in the Ahmedabad blasts," the officials said.

"Though Bashir is cooperating in interrogation, he is not revealing much details. He is just giving short replies to the questions asked by the officials. Most of his replies are in yes and no," they said.

He has, however, not said anything about his suspected involvement in the Jaipur and Hyderabad blasts, the officials said.

Bashir had been a madrasa teacher in Hyderabad, where he came in contact with the hardline SIMI faction led by Safdar Nagori. After Nagori's arrest in March 2008 in Madhya Pradesh, Bashir took up the task of carrying out the Ahmedabad blasts, police had said earlier.

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