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Cops claim Gujarat blasts case cracked, arrest 8

Aug 16, 2008 12:38 PM IST India India

New Delhi: Almost three weeks after the serial blasts in Ahmedabad, sources tell CNN-IBN the Gujarat police have cracked the case.

According to sources, an “all-India terror network” was behind the blasts and SIMI leader Tauqir masterminded the conspiracy.

Sources also claim SIMI activists held a series of meetings in Kerala, Karnataka, Surat and Bharuch to plan the bombings.

The revelations came soon after the arrest of Abu Bashar, a top SIMI activist by Ahmedabad ATS. The ATS arrested Bashar from Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh on Thursday. Maharashtra's Anti- Terrorism Squad (ATS) also detained two people in Navi Mumbai.

Abu Bashar will be produced in Lucknow ATS court for transit remand.

Meanwhile, family of Abu Bashar say he is innocent. They hold Mayawati government responsible for inflicting pain upon the Muslim community.

"Always during Mayawati government, Muslims have to suffer. They are always targeted and framed in false cases," says brother, Abu Zaid.

Father of Abu Bashar says, "I request the government to return my child."

Gujarat police have arrested eight people in connection with the attack.

Sources say that except Abu Bashar and Mansuri, all other arrested are identified as bombers.

The Gujarat police claims to have a list of 47 people connected with Ahmedabad blasts and sources say that Sajid Mansuri provided logistical support to the team.

Another SIMI activist Bilal Kagazi will also be handed over to Gujarat police by Mumbai Crime Branch.

The police will conduct a press conference later on Saturday giving out more details.

The bomb blasts on July 26 killed 49 people and injured hundreds more.

The faces of terror?

Incidentally, on August 7, the state police released sketches of three persons who were suspected to have planted bombs at three areas in Ahmedabad on July 26.

The crime branch, investigating the serial blasts in the city, prepared sketches on August 1 but did not release them earlier as they thought it may alert the accused.

According to the police, the man who may have planted the bomb at Narol was about 45 years old, five-and-half-feet in height, has wheatish complexion and a sturdy built. He was balding and supposedly wore a white shirt, a lungi and rubber slippers.

Similarly, the one who was suspected of planting a bomb at Hatkeshwar area was around 30 years old, five feet seven inches, had a heavy built and dark complexion, police said, adding he supposedly wore a yellow shirt and beige coloured trousers.