Court extends custody of LeT ultras involved in blast

Srinagar police get three months to finish investigation

 A local court here has extended the judicial custody of three Lashker-e-Toiba (LeT) militants who had allegedly planted a heavy Improvised Explosive Device inside a Maruti car on the city outskirts of the city in May this year.

It granted police three months more time to complete the investigation.
“The investigating agency (police) granted 90 days more time to complete the investigation and the accused are remanded to judicial custody for 16 more days,” principal and sessions judge Kaneez Fatima ordered.

The police pleaded before the court that the accused persons are the hard core LeT militants and were involved in lethal activities against the state and public.

Criminal conspiracy

“The accused persons unlawful activities are spread all over Kashmir and they are involved in a criminal conspiracy to wage a war against the country by threatening the unity, integrity, security and sovereignty of the country,” the police pleaded.

Quoting the Chanpora improvised explosive device case as an example, Dy SP operations Firoz Yehya, who heads the Special Investigation Team (SIT) formed to investigate the case, pleaded before the court that other active LeT militants involved in the case are yet to be arrested.

“Since the investigation is yet to be completed some more time is required. Unless the time of investigation is not extended, the investigating agency will be unable to unearth the complete conspiracy,” he requested the court.

Pertinently, police had said that a major tragedy was averted when it detected and later destroyed an improvised explosive device planted inside the car near Chanapora Bridge.

Explosives in cylinders

The IED, police had said, was planted in two cylinders, one pressure cooker and one canister.

Police also said that the information about the abandoned explosive car was provided by an auto driver and he along with Bomb Disposal Squad was awarded.

A day after the recovery of the improvised explosive device the IGP Kashmir S M Sahai had said it resembled one which was used for the assassination of Jamita-e-Ahle-Hadith chief Moulana Showkat in Srinagar last year.

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