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Two key arrests in Mumbai blasts
Tribune News Service

Mumbai, July 25
The Mumbai police has arrested two key persons in connection with the Mumbai blasts. They have been identified as Suhail Sheikh and Jameer Ahmed. According to the police, both of them were members of a cell belonging to the Lashkar-e-Toiba.

Sheikh is said to be a graduate from Pune while Jameer owns a small shop at Nagpada in central Mumbai. According to the Anti Terror Squad of the Mumbai police both were activists of SIMI.

Jameer, who owns a key shop in central Mumbai, and Suhail, a native of Pune, were sent to Pakistan for training at a Lashkar-e-Toiba camp by Tanvir Ansari, a Unani medicine practitioner who was arrested by the ATS Monday for his alleged role in the bombings, police said.

"The two are part of a larger conspiracy and we believe that both were sent to Pakistan by Tanvir Ansari for training in arms explosives. We are questioning the duo for their alleged role in the July 11 blasts," said a senior ATS official.

Dr Ansari lived at Mumbai's BIT chawl and had sent several boys to the police, according to the ATS.

Dr Ansari, Sheikh, Ahmed and several other suspected activists of SIMI were kept under detection since the blasts and questioned. They were arrested only after some evidence regarding their role in the blasts were unearthed, according to police.

According to police Ansari was linked to the Lashkar-e-Toiba. He had come to Mumbai from Nagpur after obtaining a degree in Unani medicine there before becoming a facilitator for LeT. Police said Ansari has sent several youths from Mumbai to Pakistan.

All of them underwent 28 days training at a training camp at Bawalpur in Pakistan.



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