A special NIA court here on Tuesday issued non-bailable warrants (NBWs) against Indian Mujahideen founder Riyaz Bhatkal and nine other alleged operatives of the banned outfit in connection with the February 21 Hyderabad twin blasts.
During an in-chamber hearing, Special Judge I. S. Mehta issued the warrants against Riyaz Bhatkal, Iqbal Bhatkal, Mohsin Chaudhary, Amir Reza Khan, Dr. Shahnawaz Alam, Asadullah Akhtar, Ariz Khan, Mohammed Khalid, Mirza Shadaab Beg and Mohammed Sajid.
Two other alleged operatives, Syed Maqbool and Imran Khan, who were produced before the court after expiry of their five-day NIA custody, were remanded in judicial custody till March 13. According to court sources, The NIA told the judge that Maqbool and Imran had been taken to Hyderabad and they purportedly revealed some important facts about the blasts, the conspiracy having been hatched by IM modules.
The agency has also moved an application for issuance of a production warrant against alleged IM operative Obaid-Ur-Rehman, now lodged in a Bangalore jail. He will have to be produced before the Delhi NIA court on March 13.
Maqbool and Imran were lodged in the Tihar Central Jail after their arrest by the Delhi Police in the August 2012 Pune blast case. On February 28, they were handed over to NIA for custodial interrogation after the agency alleged that the two had in July last recced Hyderabad's Dilsukhnagar, where the February 21 blasts occurred claiming 16 lives.