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'Successor' to Simi chief nabbed

'Successor' to Simi chief nabbed

Author: Kajari Bhattacharya
Publication: The Statesman
Date: August 26, 2008
URL: http://www.thestatesman.net/page.news.php?clid=2&theme=&usrsess=1&id=219670

In a crucial break for anti-terror agencies in the country, Shahbaz Husain, the said "successor" to Students' Islamic Movement of India (Simi) chief, Safdor Nagori, was arrested in Mouliviganj of Lucknow's Aminabad area around 3.05 p.m. today. Hussain was arrested in connection with the Jaipur serial bomb blasts carried out on 13 May.

In a joint operation by the Uttar Pradesh Police' Anti Terrorism Squad and the Rajasthan Police, Shahbaz Hussain was nabbed nearly 10 days after another terror suspect and Simi operative, Abu Basher of Azamgarh, was arrested here. Hussain's arrest comes after Basher's interrogation provided leads into the Jaipur blasts, police sources said. Hussain is said to be a close aide of Basher. Basher is supposedly the mastermind of the 26 July Ahmedabad serial blasts. His involvement in the Jaipur blasts is also suspected.

Police here said major leads into the Jaipur blasts case are expected after the arrest and subsequent interrogation of Hussain, who is said to be the brain behind the Jaipur blasts. Hussain, who was an HR manager in a computer centre called Zyna Career Consultants in Adarsh Market near Maharani PG College in the state capital, was produced in the local Sessions Court here today, where he was put under 48 hours transit remand. Police sources here said Hussain aka Shannu is a close aide of Simi chief Safdar Nagori, who was produced in an Ahmedabad court today.

ATS sources here told The Statesman that Hussain has been living in Lucknow for the last two years, and is originally from Badoi district in UP.

Hussain's in-laws, interestingly, live opposite the house of Humam Sidiqui, a lawyer who was fighting cases against Simi, and was arrested by the ATS in June this year, an ATS source said. "Hussain is well-educated after completing his BSc, he studied at the Indian Institute of Mass Communication in Delhi. He was editor of Simi's magazine, Islamic Movement," the source said. Hussain will be escorted via special chartered flight to Jaipur by Rajasthan Police tonight.

Meanwhile, according to DIG of police (crime) Mr Saurabh Srivastava, who was camping in Ahmedabad after the recent arrest of 10 Simi activists, Sajid Mansuri has disclosed vital clues and links regarding the Jaipur serial blasts during interrogation, adds SNS from Jaipur. Hussain along with Mansuri is believed to have conducted a detailed recce of the bombing sites before giving the final go ahead to the bomb planters. Mansuri is also likely to be brought to Jaipur in the coming days.

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