Syed Amin Jafri, Arab News
Publication Date: 
Sun, 2007-09-02 03:00

HYDERABAD, India, 2 September 2007 — The Hyderabad City Police has registered a conspiracy case against terrorist suspect Shahid Bilal and 14 others for smuggling RDX into the city in February this year.

In a media statement released on Saturday night, City Commissioner of Police Balwinder Singh said that “a case has been registered for criminal conspiracy, waging war against the state and under Explosive Substances Act at the City Crime Station (CCS) in crime number 100/2007, dated August 30, 2007.”

Incidentally, police registered the conspiracy case days after the twin bomb blasts rocked Hyderabad on August 25, resulting in the death of 42 persons and injuries to over 50 others. The twin blasts occurred on the 100th day of the bomb blast during Friday prayers at the historic Makkah Masjid on May 18 this year, in which nine persons were killed and 58 others sustained injuries.

The Commissioner said that “Mohammed Abdul Shahed alias Bilal, a native of Mosarambagh in the city, had planned a criminal conspiracy to smuggle RDX to wage war against the state. The RDX was procured and the accused planned to cause communal disturbances in Hyderabad.”

“The RDX has been smuggled into Hyderabad in the month of February 2007 by Shaik Abdul Nayeem alias Sameer, a native of Aurangabad, under the direction of Shahid Bilal, Sameer is an operative indulging in cross-border terrorism and is working under the direction of Shahid Bilal and his associates. He (Sameer) is also involved in Aurangabad arms and criminal conspiracy case,” the Commissioner pointed out.

“Sameer was assisted by Shoaib Jagirdar, a native of Jalna, who arranged for accommodation and other logistics in Hyderabad during the month of February 2007. In all, 15 persons who have provided shelter, worked as couriers and participated in the criminal conspiracy have been identified and four persons have been arrested so far. There are three Bangladeshis among those identified to have participated in this conspiracy,” the Commissioner said.

“The Hyderabad City Police is making further investigations to identify the remaining persons and also making efforts to apprehend the remaining accused,” the statement added. The police suspect that part of the smuggled was used in the Makkah Masjid bomb blast.

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