Staff Reporter

Police could arrest only 20 of the 64 suspects named

Octopus team flying to Ahmedabad today to question Bashir

A special city police team has already left for Gujarat on Tuesday

HYDERABAD: Police are focussing on all ‘missing terror suspects’ in city having closely missed Abul Bashir, who was arrested by the Gujarat police on charge of masterminding Ahmedabad blasts and believed to be holding key to breakthrough in Hyderabad twin blasts case.

Though it is almost a year since the twin terror strikes, police could arrest only 20 out of the 64 suspects they had named in a terrorism-related conspiracy case in Gopalapuram police station. “There are some suspects whose names did not figure in this case for want of evidence,” a police officer told The Hindu.

They include, Vikar Ahmed and Amjad, both of whom hailed from Malakpet and were missing since the twin blasts were triggered.

Investigators claim that they have sufficient evidence to suggest the duo had links with ‘terror suspects’. However, police could not track down them. Even family members of the two youths told police that they were unaware of the youngsters’ whereabouts. It is suspected the two youngsters were lured into terrorist modules by the ‘jihadi’ ideologues like Safdar Nagori and Abul Bashir, top leaders of SIMI arrested by the Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat police respectively.

The nature of explosives used, the mode of detonation and the pattern of targeting crowded places in Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Jaipur and Hyderabad incidents prompted police to deduce this. Though they are yet to identify the persons who planted the bombs, police suspect Nagori, Bashir and Raziuddin Nasir, a Hyderabadi youth arrested by Karnataka police could be behind the twin terror strikes.

Meanwhile, a special team from city police left for Gujarat on Tuesday. Senior officials of anti-terrorist wing, Octopus, are flying to Ahmedabad on Wednesday to question Bashir.