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Mubin Solkar: Samad not connected to Pune blast

Wednesday, July 07, 2010 08:19:21 AM, Agencies

Samad in the press conference accompanied by lawyers and activists

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Mumbai: The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) did not arrest, detain or interrogate Abdul Samad Mohammed Zarrar Sidibapa in connection with the blast in Pune's German Bakery, and he was booked only under the Arms Act, counsel for Samad, Mubin Solkar, said here on Tuesday.


“In fact, investigations into the arms case are still underway by the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS), and it remains to be seen after that whether he will be chargesheeted or discharged in that matter,” Solkar said.

“Samad was arrested and later freed on bail only in connection with the arms seizure case. He has not been questioned in connection with the Pune blast case,” said Solkar.

“The fact is that Samad was travelling to Bangalore when the blasts took place,” he added.

Samad was caught at Mangalore's Bajpe International Airport in Karnataka May 24 after he arrived on a flight from Dubai. Samad was granted bail by a Mumbai court June 15.

Solkar also said that Samad was in no way connected with Yasin Bhatkal, a close associate of Indian Mujahideen (IM) founder Riyaz Bhatkal.

“Samad does not even know Yasin. Hence there arises no question of him being responsible for the Pune blasts,” Solkar said.

The ATS had identified Yasin Bhatkal as the mastermind of the Pune attack.

“We don't know if Yasin has been picked up by the ATS or has been interrogated in relation to the Pune blasts or any other case,” Solkar added.

Solkar was addressing a press conference in Mumbai, where Abdul Samad was present.


“Mein meri family aur mere vakil ka shukriya ada karte hoon. Aap sab yahan aaye, mein aapka bhi shukriya ada karta hoon” (I thank my family, my lawyer [for supporting me]. I also thank all of you [the journalists] for coming here). Samad could utter these words after the journalists urged him to speak.


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