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MUMBAI/PATNA: A suspected Huji operative was picked up in Bihar and the Mumbai police prepared the first sketch of a suspect but a breakthrough eluded investigators four days after Wednesday’s triple blasts, even as brother of an alleged Indian Mujahideen member died in a hospital here after being questioned on the explosions.

Mumbai blasts suspect dies

MUMBAI/PATNA: A suspected Huji operative was picked up in Bihar and the Mumbai police prepared the first sketch of a suspect but a breakthrough eluded investigators four days after Wednesday’s triple blasts, even as brother of an alleged Indian Mujahideen member died in a hospital here after being questioned on the explosions.

Reyayul Sarkar alias Akash Khan (30), who claims to hail from Bangladesh, was arrested in Bihar’s Kishenganj district and the police seized from him a diary with Marathi notings. He was missing from the area when the Mumbai terror attack took place.
But the police did not want to jump to any conclusion. “We are verifying all aspects. It is yet to be established whether he has any links with the Mumbai blasts,” Mr R K Mishra, SP Kishenganj, told PTI. The police had earlier ruled out any connection of Sarkar with Wednesday’s blasts.
A senior ATS official in Mumbai said the sketch of the suspect in the serial blasts based on eyewitness accounts has been prepared.
“The sketch of the suspect is ready. It will be circulated among the select and top investigating officials. It will not be released to the public,” he said.
Two to three more sketches of suspects based on eyewitness accounts and CCTV footage would also be made, ATS sources said.
Widening the probe, police teams also fanned out to seven states to get definite leads in a desperate hunt for the bombers of the July 13 terror attack that left 19 dead and over 130 injured.
A senior ATS official said the sketch of the suspect in the serial blasts based on eyewitness accounts has been prepared.
“The sketch of the suspect is ready. It will be circulated among the select and top investigating officials. It will not be released to the public,” he said.
Faiz Usmani, brother of Afzal Usmani, who is currently lodged in jail for his role in the 2008 Gujarat blasts, on Sunday  died at 1:30 a.m. while he was undergoing treatment for hemiparesis and hypertension in the Lokmanya Tilak Hospital, doctors said.
Usmani, a resident of suburban Govandi, was picked up for questioning on Saturday by Chembur’s crime branch unit and as he was not feeling well was admitted to the Hospital in Sion at around 5:50 p.m.
As he died, Usmani’s family alleged that he was tortured in custody.
The Maharashtra DGP, Mr Ajit Parasnis ordered a CID inquiry into the death. “A CID inquiry has been ordered into the death of Usmani by the DGP. The state CID will look into various aspects that resulted in his death,” the joint police commissioner (law and order), Mr Rajnish Seth said.
Usmani’s son Azeem alleged that his father was picked up for questioning and “pressurised during interrogation. They are to blame for his death.”
Dr Ryan Kumar of the Tilak hospital, said, “He (Faiz Usmani) died due to brain hemorrhage. This condition usually comes when a person is exposed to some kind of shock.”
Usmani’s wife Rubaida said, “When the police came to take him, they said that they will just interrogate him. He had gone alone. So we don’t know what the police questioned him about. I don’t know to what extent he was tortured, that he got so tensed. They came back in an hour saying he was unwell, he had vomited and admitted to Sion Hospital.”
The Mumbai police have, however, denied the charge by Usmani’s family.
“He (Faiz Usmani) was brought for questioning by the Chembur unit. He was suffering from hypertension and had not take medicines for the last three-four days. He was admitted to the hospital last evening and the allegations of torture by police are absolutely untrue,” said the deputy police commissioner (crime), Mr Nisar Tamboli.
The doctors at the hospital said that there were no external injuries on Usmani’s body and the postmortem report is yet to be prepared, which would be submitted to the police.
According to the sources in Maharashtra ATS, two to three more sketches of suspects based on eyewitness accounts would also be prepared.
The ATS chief, Mr Rakesh Maria said, “We are in touch with UP, Gujarat, Delhi, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka police, as well as all the central agencies. It is an all out effort.”
“Our teams have fanned out to various locations. People in various modules who have been arrested in the past, they are being questioned to help us in this investigation,” he said.
 

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