The list of 50 “most wanted fugitives” is proving to be a source of continuous embarrassment for the Government of India as yet another goof-up came to light on Thursday night of one more accused being traced in Mumbai.
Feroz Abdul Rashid Khan, an accused in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case, arrested in February 2010, is lodged in Mumbai's high-profile Arthur Road jail.
In the first instance that came to light a few days ago, Wazhul Kamar Khan, an accused in the 2003 Mulund blast, was found to be residing at his house in Thane.
“He is there with us, in our custody. He has been in jail since last February. A Special Task Force of the Central Bureau of Investigation had charge-sheeted him and he is an under-trial. There was no bail for him,” Surendra Kumar, Inspector-General, Prisons, told The Hindu over telephone.
Shocking, says lawyer
Rashid Khan's lawyer Farhana Shah said the goof-up was shocking. “When the accused is arrested and produced before the court, doesn't it become the prosecution's duty to update the information? They should have taken his name off their list. The red corner notice should have been withdrawn,” she said.
“The CBI has filed a supplementary charge sheet against him. They want to club his case with that against Mustafa Dossa [co-accused]. They have not yet moved that application. We are waiting for the trial to begin,” she said. She met Rashid Khan on May 11 and was not aware that his name figured in the list.
Rashid Khan had been absconding after the serial blasts on March 12, 1993, which left 257 dead and 713 injured. A red corner notice was issued against him in 1994.
He is alleged to be a close aide of Mohammed Dossa, also under arrest. They were allegedly involved in the transport and distribution of arms and ammunition used for the blasts.
On his arrest last year, the police said Rashid Khan allegedly went to Nepal on a fake passport and worked with Dossa in Dubai. He allegedly returned to India for the first time after the blasts in 2004 under an assumed name, later returning to Dubai.
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