Staff Correspondent

The duo went round Hubli visiting all police stations

Cellphone circuits, batteries recovered from them

HUBLI: Hubli-Dharwad Police Commissioner N. Shivakumar has said that preliminary interrogation revealed that the two persons from Mumbai, who were arrested in Hubli on Tuesday, were involved in theft and sale of cars.

However, he said that during the interrogation, they had failed to give satisfactory answers on having cellphone circuits and batteries of various companies in their possession.

He was addressing press conference convened here on Wednesday to clarify matters especially in the wake of some newspapers and news channels reporting the arrest of two suspected terrorists in Hubli on Tuesday.

“We have booked cases of vehicle theft against them and produced them before the court on Wednesday and they have been remanded in judicial custody. We will be seeking their custody for further interrogation and investigation,” Mr. Shivakumar said. The Police Commissioner said that Muktar Maqbul Khan (56), a native of Pratapghad in Uttar Pradesh, presently a resident of Borivili, Mumbai, and Sachin Sakharam Gaikwad (23), a resident of Borivili West, Mumbai, had come to Hubli on Tuesday morning. The duo had hired an autorickshaw and went round the city visiting all the police stations in Hubli. The autorickshaw driver who grew suspicious about their activities alerted the police, and suburban police station Inspector Arunkumar B. Happalli took them into custody for interrogation.

Mr. Shivakumar said the duo had in their possession four cellphone circuits, 25 cellphone batteries, one cellphone and a cash of Rs. 1,000. During questioning, the duo revealed that they had come in search Javed, son of Muktar Khan, who had left for Hubli to deliver a stolen car. They revealed that they had sold eight luxury cars in Hubli, Belgaum and other places in Karnataka.

Not satisfactory

To a query, Mr. Shivakumar said that the duo had not given any satisfactory answer on the reason for having cellphone circuits and batteries with them and that they would be subjecting them to further questioning after getting their custody.

He said that so far they had not got any clue on the third person Javed.