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Burdwan blast: Mastermind admits he is a 'Bangladeshi'
Observer Online Desk
Publish Date : 2014-11-10,  Publish Time : 09:30,  View Count : 77
Burdwan blast mastermind Sajid confessed that he was a' Bangaladeshi' national.

Earlier on Sunday, he was produced before the judge of Kolkata sessions' court.

Times of India published a report as below:

"KOLKATA :  Sajid, the mastermind of October 2 Khagragarh blast, was sent to 12-days custody of the NIA by a Kolkata sessions' court.

Chief judge Md Mumtaz Khan, however, reminded NIA that all apex court guidelines regarding medical facilities and amenities should be adhered to. The judge said he was allowing the NIA custody appeal till November 20 to unearth the truth due to the larger national security ramifications.

Brought to court in a police prison van with a pilot car around 2:20pm, Sadiq, his face hooded, was whisked to court-room lockup. Within moments the judge took his seat. NIA counsel Shyamal Ghosh said, "Sk Rehmatullah (Sadiq) was arrested in Salt Lake by the West Bengal Police and handed over to the NIA. He is very much involved (in the case). In fact he was the head (of the blast module). He planned it. This concerns the security of the country."

Ghosh continued, "Rs 1 lakh in cash, several documents and fake voter ID cards have been found in his possession. He is required for interrogation and was absconding after the incident. The NIA had announced Rs 10-lakh cash reward on his arrest."

Ghosh said, "Prima facie based on the call records, it appears to be a deep-rooted conspiracy."

The judge then asked Sadiq his name. Sadiq didn't speak a word on the charges slapped against him. After the conversation, the judge summed up what he told the court. "You want to say you are a Bangladeshi national who wants to stay in India. Is that it? Please step down," the judge said.

For NIA Sadiq's admission that he is a Bangladeshi also made him liable to be prosecuted under Section 14 of Foreigners Act, 1946.

The judge then passed his order. He read out in courtroom that he is remanding the accused to NIA custody till November 20. Sadiq-NIA's most-prized catch-was then taken to CRPF's Salt Lake camp for interrogation."


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