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Custody granted: Mohammed Asif, terror suspect, being brought to the court in Hubli on Monday.
Custody granted: Mohammed Asif, terror suspect, being brought to the court in Hubli on Monday.

Staff Correspondent

Mohammed Asif to be in CoD custody till February 12

Hubli: N. Shivaprasad, Superintendent of Police of Uttara Kannada, has ruled out the existence of any “terrorist training camp” in the district.

Referring to reports in a section of the press on the issue, he said: “Our personnel are keeping strict vigil. And as far as the district is concerned there is no such camp in existence”.

Some reports had suggested that a training camp was unearthed in the thick forests of Uttara Kannada district, adjacent to Dharwad district.

The Judicial Magistrate First Class (First Court), Hubli, allowed the CoD to keep Mohammed Asif, final year MBBS student of the Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences, Hubli, in their custody till February 12.

Judicial Magistrate First Class S. Srinivas passed an order in this regard after Asif was produced before him on Monday.

Although Deputy Superintendent of Police (CoD) S.S. Koth and others began questioning Asif on Sunday night itself, technically he was still in police custody.

“As the JMFC (First Court) had granted custody of Asif to the police, the CoD officials were required to get similar order from the same court”, a senior police official who didn’t want to be named clarified.

Meanwhile, sources told The Hindu that initially the police did not want to produce Asif in court citing law and order problem and appealed to the judge to grant the custody to CoD based on the documents submitted to the court. However, the judge rejected their plea and asked them to produce Asif before him for completing the modalities on granting his custody, they said. Consequently, Asif was brought to the court under tight security and produced before the judge.

A senior police official said that the CoD officers would first interrogate Asif in Hubli itself and then decide on taking him to other places.

‘No presence’

Belgaum Staff Correspondent reports:

Inspector-General of Police Raghavendra Auradkar has said that there is no information about any terrorist activities or presence of any member of any terrorist group in Belgaum district now. Talking to The Hindu here on Tuesday, he said a team of officials belonging to Anti-Terrorist Cell of the State police had taken terror suspect Asadullah Abubakar to Kalghatgi forest, where the latter allegedly conducted firing practice in November last.

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