Mohd Zakariya, a close aide of top LeT bomb expert Abdul Karim Tunda, was on Monday remanded to 10-day police custody by a Delhi court after the investigators said he had helped in illegal infiltration of Pakistani nationals into India through Bangladesh.

Zakariya, who was lodged in Presidency jail in Kolkata, was produced before Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Amit Bansal in pursuance to the production warrants issued against him earlier.

Seeking custodial interrogation of Zakariya, who is Tunda’s father-in-law, the Special Cell of Delhi Police told the court that in 1994 when Tunda had gone to Pakistan, Zakariya had helped him illegally enter Bangladesh.

From Bangladesh, Tunda had flown to Pakistan.

Zakariya, who was arrested by West Bengal police in some other case, is accused of helping Pakistani nationals to infiltrate into India and Tunda is also in police custody in this case.

Detailing Zakariya’s role, the police said he had also helped some Pakistani nationals to infiltrate into India for carrying out various terror strikes which occurred in and around Delhi in 1998.

Police also sought Zakariya’s custodial interrogation to confront him with other accused, Mohd Basiruddin and Allauddin. Police said he will be taken to the places from where he helped Pakistani nationals infiltrate into India.

The court allowed the plea and remanded Zakariya to police custody till September 26.

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