Delhi cops arrest 5th suspect in Pune serial blasts case

The Special Cell of the Delhi Police made another arrest in the August 1 Pune serial blasts taking the total suspects arrested in the case to five. The police said the arrested man, Sayed Maqbool, had first met one of the four arrested in the case, Imran Khan, in Nanded jail in Maharashtra.

According to police sources, Imran introduced Maqbool to Asad Khan and Langde Irfan Mustafa. Imran, Asad, Irfan and Sayed Feroze had been arrested by the Delhi Police for the Pune blasts. Maqbool, who had switched off his mobile phone on October 11 and fled was arrested on October 23 in Hyderabad, the police said.

They said interrogation of the four suspects arrested earlier had revealed their association with Maqbool and their plan to carry out fidayeen attacks on Buddhist shrines at Bodh Gaya in Bihar with the approval of the IM founders, the Bhatkal brothers. The fidayeen attacks were aimed at avenging atrocities on Muslims in Myanmar. The Bhatkal brothers intervened in the fidayeen attack plan and asked them to first carry out blasts in Pune to avenge the death of Qateel Siddiqui in Pune's Yerawada jail.

Maqbool allegedly taught the other suspects the technique of making bombs using urea, diesel and firecracker powder at Asad's farmhouse in Aurangabad.

Police sources said Maqbool was introduced to the Bhatkal brothers through Imran in April 2012. Maqbool allegedly used to chat with the Bhatkal brothers through Imran' s mobile phone as he was was not well versed with operating his own cellphone.

"Before the Pune serial blast, Irfan, Maqbool, Imran and Asad had planned a fidayeen attack on Buddhist shrines at Bodh Gaya, Bihar but the Bhatkal brothers intervened. Since Bhatkals wanted to avenge the death of Qateel Siddiqui, they decided to carry out bomb blasts at Pune first," Special Commissioner of Delhi Police Special Cell S N Srivastava said.

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