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Key Operative of Hyderabad Blasts Arrested

In what comes as good news for many residing in Hyderabad is that Mohammed Shafeeq Muzabir was arrested in Doha on Monday, 5th of February 2018. Shaif Muzabir is one of the suspects for the 2002 tiffin bomb blasts outside Sai Baba Temple in Dilshuknagar, Hyderabad.  The blasts had rocked the city on 21stNovermber 2002, after two bombs placed in tiffin boxes were planted 300 meters away from the temple, beneath a scooter.

The suspect was arrested by Interpol in Doha, who also alerted the Ministry of Home affairs. Once he was deported from Qatar, the Delhi police arrested him as soon as he stepped foot in India. Arrangements were made and he was handed over to the TSCID. The court also admonished him to 14 days judicial custody. At the moment, he has been shifted to the Cherlapally Central Prison with high security to ensure he doesn’t escape.

There was one other bomb planted on the day of the blast, it was successfully diffused by the city police and experts. Two people were killed on the ill-fated day, it was first tryst of Hyderabad against terror as soon after chaos was spread through the streets.  While the number of fatalities and injuries were controlled and very less comparatively, the case was still endowed to the CBCID for special investigation.

Based on the statements made by the TSCID investigators, Muzabir is from Yemen and had mobilized funds for the entire operation of the twin blasts outside Sai baba Temple.  He had fled from India soon after the blasts and a red corner notice was issued against him.

The accused is suspected to have strong ties with Lakshar-e- Tayyaba group of operatives. In the same case of terror attack, terrorists Abdul Razzak alias Masood along with other alleged members Azam Gori and Syed Abdul Aziz were shot dead by police offers in separate encounters in Karimnagar and Hyderabad respectively. Former SIMI president Syed Salahuddin along with many others from the city, were arrested in this case.

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