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Suspected terrorist Peerbhoy sent to police custody


New Delhi : Mohammed Mansoor Peerbhoy, a computer engineer who is an alleged key operative of the Indian Mujahideen, the terror outfit blamed for last year’s bombings in major cities of the country, was Saturday sent to 10-day police custody by a court here.

Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Kaveri Baweja passed the order after agreeing with Delhi Police’s contention that they required to interrogate Peerbhoy in connection with the Sep 13, 2008, serial bomb blasts in the capital that killed 24 people.

Peerbhoy, 31, was arrested by the Mumbai Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS), and was brought to Delhi Friday.

Public Prosecutor Rajeev Mohan appearing for Delhi Police said Peerbhoy, who was heading the media cell of the terrorist outfit, hacked WiFi networks in Mumbai and Navi Mumbai and sent emails to media houses minutes before the Ahmedabad and Delhi blasts last year.

However, Peerbhoy’s counsel M.S. Khan, opposed Delhi Police’s plea for his custodial interrogation contending that charge sheet in the serial blast case has been filed in which police had given all the details on his role in the case.

Peerbhoy’s revelations are expected to give the police insights into the role of suspected Indian Mujahideen plotters Riyaz Bhatkal, his brother Iqbal and Amir Reza Khan, all of whom are absconding.

Peerbhoy worked with a multinational software company in Pune and earned an annual salary of Rs.1.9 million.

On Friday, Delhi Police filed a charge sheet in the Delhi serial blasts case, naming Pakistan-based terrorist Abu al-Qama of the Lashkar-e-Taiba as the mastermind.