From Siddiqui murder to Kasab hanging, city made headlines

The murder of an alleged Indian Mujahideen operative by two local gangsters in Yerawada Central Prison and serial blasts on J M Road allegedly carried out by the terror outfit to avenge his murder; the attacks on and exodus of North-East students, and finally the dramatic hanging of Ajmal Kasab at Yerawada Jail shook the city's crime scene in 2012

Siddiqui murder, JM Road revenge blasts

Notorious gangster Sharad Hiraman Mohol of Kothrud and his aide Alok Bhalerao allegedly murdered Indian Mujahideen suspect Mohammed Qateel Mohammed Jafir Siddiqui at Yerawada Central Prison on June 8, 2012. The murder was probed to find whether it was a conspiracy by any organised crime syndicate.

Investigators later said it was the fallout of an instant dispute that arose in jail. The Maharashtra Criminal Investigation Department (CID) is investigating the case.

To avenge Siddiqui's murder, terror operatives, as per instructions of IM founders Riyaz and Iqbal Bhatkal, planted six bombs on the crowded J M Road on August 1, of which four went off and two were defused by the Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad (BDDS), investigators revealed. Only one person was injured in the low intensity blasts. Investigators, however, believe there was a plan to carry out massive explosions.

In October, the special cell of Delhi police arrested five IM and LeT suspects, Asad Jamshed Khan (33) of Aurangabad, Imran Khan (32) of Nanded, Syed Feroz alias Hamza (38) of Shukrawar Peth in Pune, Irfan Mustafa Landage (30) of Ahmednagar and Syed Maqbool alias Zuber of Nanded, for alleged involvement in J M Road blasts.

Attack on NorthEast people

Doctored video clips on Assam violence and Burma riots led to attacks on youths hailing from Northeast states and studying or working in Pune. In August nearly 15 students and working professionals from Northeast were attacked and threatened by miscreants in Kondhwa, Pune Camp, and Hadapsar. As fear spread among the Northeast citizens, thousands fled to their native places in jampacked trains. Police arrested a few youths along with a Mumbai-based teacher Sharif Siddiqui for circulating provocative video clips through MMS. Citizens of Pune cutting across classes and sections came out in support of Northeast people in the city and extended solidarity with them.

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