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Man who ferried bombers to be brought to city

Man who ferried bombers to be brought to city

Author: Times News Network
Publication: The Times of India
Date: April 23, 2007

Introduction: Naeem Shaikh alias Sameer was arrested by the BSF on April 4 while trying to sneak into India along with three militants. ATS officials, who got his custody on Sunday, are confident of getting more details in the blasts case with his help

A man who has reportedly admitted to helping the bombers in the July 11 serial blasts case enter India from Bangladesh was on Sunday handed over by the West Bengal police to the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) and will be brought to Mumbai in a couple of days.

The ATS team from Mumbai will bring back Naeem Shaikh alias Sameer, who was arrested by the Border Security Force (BSF) in West Bengal on April 4 while attempting to sneak into India from Bangladesh with three other men suspected to be militants.

The ATS got custody of Shaikh, who is originally from Aurangabad, on the grounds that he is an accused in last year's Aurangabad arms haul case. Shaikh, 24, is a graduate of Aurangabad's Maulana Azad College.

"He was on our wanted list in last year's Aurangabad arms haul case. Our teams in Bengal are taking his custody on a transfer warrant," said Param Bir Singh, additional commissioner of police, ATS.

The BSF caught Shaikh with a Kashmiri and two Pakistani nationals near the international border in West Bengal's Petrapole district. He has reportedly admitted to helping the July 11 train bombers cross the border.

"We feel he (Shaikh) can give us more information regarding the July 11 blasts in Mumbai," an officer said.
Shaikh's name was neither mentioned in the chargesheet nor was he listed as an accused in the case involving the train bombing, which killed 187 people.

The ATS had in May and June last year arrested around 18 people in Aurangabad, Parbhani and other areas after seizing a huge cache of arms and ammunition, including 43kg of RDX and 16 AK-47 assault rifles. However, the prime accused in the case, Zabihuddin Ansari alias Zabby, gave the ATS the slip. Investigators claimed he escaped from Manmad in an Indica.

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