A court here on Thursday issued a production warrant to the Central Jail authorities in Shillong to produce Thadiyantavide Nazir on December 7 in two cases including the one relating to a murder in 2006.

Judical Chief Magistrate (II) N.R. Krishnakumar issued the production warrant on a petition filed by the Kannur city police station authorities here to produce Nazir who had been among the two suspected Lashkar-e-Taiba operatives handed over to the Indian security forces by the Bangladesh Rifles on Wedensday. Both Nazir and his associate identified as Shafas Shamsuddin, both hailing from here, had been handed over to the Meghalaya police. The duo had been listed as accused in the case relating to the operation of terror modules in the State probed by the Joint Investigation Team (JIT).

Nazir is one of the accused in the murder of Vinod at Kuruva near here in 2006. He was also accused in a case of attack on a shop here in 2002. The police in its petition sought his custody for interrogation in the two cases.

The police sources here said that a team of police officers led by the Inspector General of Police Tomin J. Thachankary was also likely to leave for Shillong to seek his custody.

Nazir, hailing from a family at Marakkarkandy under the Kannur city police station limits, is believed to be the South Indian ‘commander’ of the LeT. Shafas Shamsuddin is his associate and brother-in-law.

The police sources here said that the interrogation of Nazir would also unravel the case relating to the conspiracy to kill former Chief Minister E.K. Nayanar.

V.K. Akbar, Deputy Superintendent of the JIT that investigated the activities of the terror network in the State, told The Hindu that the Thalassery court dealing with the case against 23 suspected members of the terror module including Nazir and Shafas Shamsuddin, had already issued warrants against the five absconding accused including the two. He said that the JIT officials would be among different police wings that would interrogate the duo.

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