New Delhi: Indian Mujahideen co-founder Yasin Bhatkal and close aide Asadullah Akhtar were today remanded in police custody for 10 days by a Delhi court in connection with a case lodged against them for the September 2010 Jama Masjid terror attack days before the Commonwealth games here.
Bhatkal and Akhtar were produced before Additional Sessions Judge Daya Prakash after expiry of police custody in a separate case and special cell of Delhi Police sought their custodial interrogation in the 2010 Jama Masjid attack.
The police told the court that on September 19, 2010, two bikers had fired upon tourists at the gate of Jama Masjid in Old Delhi area and two Taiwanese, Ku-Ze-Wei and Ko-chiange, had sustained bullet injuries whereas a bomb was fitted in a car parked in the area.
It said the pressure cooker bomb planted in the car had not exploded due to some circuit problem and they need to quiz both Bhatkal and Akhtar in connection with the case.
Advocate M S Khan, who appeared for both Bhatkal and Akhtar, opposed the police’s plea saying his clients are in their custody for a long time.
Khan also argued that remand should not be granted only in the name of national security as Bhatkal and Akhtar had nothing left with them to disclose to the investigators.
The court, however, allowed the police’s plea and sent both the accused to custody for 10 days.
Earlier, the police had taken custody of both the accused in several terror cases, including the case relating to the firing incident at Jama Masjid’s gate.
The special cell had earlier told the court that during interrogation, Bhatkal had disclosed that he had arranged the logistics for Akhtar, Waqas, who is still absconding, and other IM members who carried out the attack near the prominent mosque here.