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Unani doctor held for Mumbai blasts

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Dr. Tanvir Ansari being produced in a Mumbai court on Friday. — PHOTO: VIVEK BENDRE

MUMBAI: The Mumbai police on Sunday night arrested a Unani doctor in the July 11 train blasts case and said he was suspected to be part of a larger conspiracy. He was remanded to police custody till August 4.

Dr. Tanvir Ahmed Mohammad Ansari, 33, was detained by Unit-II of the crime branch of the Mumbai police and it handed him over to the Anti Terrorist Squad.

Like the other three persons arrested earlier, Dr. Ansari has been charged under Sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder), 324, 325, 326 (voluntarily causing hurt using weapon), 427,436, 437 (mischief by fire or explosive substance with intent to destroy property or to make it unsafe) and 120-B (conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code, and various Sections of the Explosives Act and the Indian Railways Act.

The police said he had links with the banned Students Islamic Movement of India.

On Monday afternoon, the doctor was produced in the court of the Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate A.M. Garde.

When he was asked whether he knew about the police allegations, the doctor told the court that he knew nothing.

Joint Commissioner of Police and ATS chief K.P. Raghuvanshi told the media that Dr. Ansari had undergone training in the use of arms and ammunition and in bomb making in Pakistan in 2004.

He said the doctor could be involved with terrorist outfits but did not confirm if he was linked to the Lashkar-e-Taiba.

The ATS chief said the three persons arrested earlier gave some important leads and verification was on. He said it was a large conspiracy and the police did not want to arrest any innocent person.

Several people have been detained in connection with the blasts but the police have not divulged any details about them.

PTI reports from Gaya:

Mohammed Akram, who was detained in connection with the blasts, was freed, official sources said.

Akram was released on Sunday night after he furnished a personal bond, four days after he was picked up from his native Dengra village and kept under detention in view of his striking resemblance to a sketch of one of the blast suspects flashed on television.<137>

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