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Mulund station blast case accused arrested

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The Mulund station blast accused Vazhul Kamar Khan (face covered) at the Anti-Terrorism Squad office in Mumbai on Monday.

Mumbai: The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) on Monday arrested Vazhul Kamar Khan alias Babu Bhai alias Murtaza Chowdhary, 44, wanted in the 2003 Mulund railway station blast case, ATS chief Rakesh Maria told journalists here. This is the 17 {+t} {+h} arrest in the case.

On March 13, 2003, a powerful blast ripped through the first class bogie of a Karjat-bound fast local at the Mulund station. The incident was preceded by two more blasts, one at a McDonald's outlet at the Mumbai Central junction on December 6, 2002 and the other outside the Ville Parle station on January 27, 2003.

Sixteen persons were arrested and charge sheeted in the Mulund case. There were seven wanted accused, including Khan.

Mr. Maria said Khan was part of the criminal conspiracy; he was present at the training which took place in the forest of Padgha village in Thane (rural), he had helped in the making of the IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices) for all the three blasts and was present when the explosives were being placed in containers.

“The charge sheet clearly mentions his role. He was a close associate of Tahir Ansari, who made the bombs and is absconding. He knew Tahir and assisted him. He is also a very close associate of [prime accused] Saquib Nachan [already arrested] and Iqbal Bhatkal of the Indian Mujahideen,” Mr. Maria said.

The ATS arrested Khan at the LBS Marg in Kurla around 10 a.m. He was carrying a 7.65 mm pistol having three live rounds.

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