Pune ATS gets the custody of IM co-founder Abdul Qureshi

ST Correspondent
Thursday, 19 July 2018

After six months of his arrest, Abdul Subhan Qureshi alias Tauqeer, the alleged co-founder of terrorist organisation Indian Mujahideen (IM), has been remanded in custody of Pune ATS in connection 2008 Jihadi literature case. 

Pune: After six months of his arrest, Abdul Subhan Qureshi alias Tauqeer, the alleged co-founder of terrorist organisation Indian Mujahideen (IM), has been remanded in custody of Pune ATS in connection 2008 Jihadi literature case. 

He was arrested in January this year by Delhi Police. He was wanted in four cases in Maharashtra including one case in Pune. 

According to ATS, Tauqeer was wanted in the 2008 case related to the circulation of jihadi literature. The case dates back to August 20, 2008, when ATS had arrested six persons for being alleged members of the banned organisation SIMI, who had come to Seven Loves Chowk on Shankarsheth Road to circulate jihadi literature. ATS claimed they seized 40 books in Urdu and four video CDs from the accused.

DCP (ATS) Sunil Kolhe told Sakal Times, “We got his custody on transfer on Tuesday from a Mumbai court. He was wanted in the literature case. He was produced in Pune court on Wednesday and has been remanded in custody till July 23.”

According to police, Qureshi alias Tauqeer from Mumbai is a top leader of the banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) and also co-founder of IM which was formed in 2003 in Bhatkal, Karnataka. He is accused of organising meetings of SIMI in Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Karnataka and Kerala, training camps at Choral (MP), Wagamon (Kerala), Halol (Gujarat) and 2008 serial blasts in Gujarat.  

German Bakery blast case accused Himayat Baig, who was later acquitted from bomb blast charges and Shabbir Gangavali were arrested later in the literature case. 

The ATS claimed the documents carrying jihadi information were seized from Baig’s residence in Udgir match with the jihadi literature seized from SIMI suspects in Pune. 

Baig and Gangavali have been discharged by the court as ATS submitted that there is no evidence against them.

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