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13/7 blasts case: ATS files charge sheet, names Riyaz Bhatkal

Nearly a year after triple bomb blasts shook the city killing 27 people and wounding many others, Maharashtra ATS today filed 4700-page charge sheet in a special court against 10 members of Indian Mujahideen, including its top operative Riyaz Bhatkal, believed to be hiding in Pakistan. 

Of the 10 members of the home terror group, six are absconding while four have been arrested. Those facing trial are Naquee Ahmed, Nadeem Shaikh, Kanwar Pathrija and Haroon Naik.

Riyaz Bhatkal
The new face of Riyaz Bhatkal , a top operative of Indian Mujahideen (IM). Inset: Riyaz Bhatkal's old avatar.

The chargesheet was filed by special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam against the 10 under the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA), IPC, Explosives Act, Explosives Substances Act, Prevention of Damage to Public Properties Act and Unlawful Prevention of Activities Act.

"Among the wanted accused are Riyaz Bhatkal, Yasin Bhatkal, Waqas Ibrahim Sad, Danish alias Tarbez, Dubai based Muzaffar Kolah and Tehseen Akhtar Shaikh," said ATS chief Rakesh Maria.

In an another development, ATS claimed to have arrested one more accused in the 13/7 blast case, Mohammed Qafeel Ansari (55), who was already in the custody of Delhi Police in a terror-related case.

Ansari, hailing from Darbanga in Bihar, was arrested in Mumbai blasts case on May 19, taking the total number of arrests to five, Maria said, adding his transit remand was sought and a supplementary charge sheet would be filed soon.

Ansari was involved in criminal conspiracy and also provided logistical support in executing the crime, ATS officials said.

"Riyaz, who is suspected to be in Pakistan now, was in coordination with absconding Yasin, who looks after the IM's operations in India, had conspired and executed the blasts at business hubs with an intention to destroy economic structure (of the city)," Maria said. 

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